Mele Kalikimaka for the TLM goers in Honolulu

For your Brick by Brick file… H.E. Most Rev. Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu has “increased recognition” for the use of the pre-Conciliar books for Mass and sacraments.

Of course the use of the traditional forms already have a great deal of recognition… from the Roman Pontiff.   But in this vale of tears we are happy with brick by brick progress.

From the Hawaii Catholic Herald:

Diocese adjusts status of Latin Mass community

Bishop Silva names a chaplain on Maui, a pastor on Oahu

By Patrick Downes | Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Latin Mass of 1962 is receiving increased recognition from the Diocese of Honolulu. Bishop Larry Silva has named a chaplain on Maui for a community of adherents to the “extraordinary form” of the Mass, commonly called the Tridentine Mass, and a pastor on Oahu. Both are first time positions. [This is not a parish.]

On Nov. 26, the bishop appointed Father Elias Escanilla, administrator of Holy Rosary Church in Paia, Maui, as chaplain of the Maui Latin Mass Community.

On Feb. 1, Father Steve Nguyen, who has been chaplain of the existing Oahu Latin Mass community since May 28, will become pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Pauoa Valley in Honolulu. The Latin Mass community will be incorporated into that parish on the same date. [It seems that there is a chaplain for the group, but there will be a sympathetic pastor.]


Father Nguyen said the Tridentine community has 75-100 members from all over Oahu —“Waianae, Waipahu, Makakilo, town, Kailua,” he said, giving a partial list of the places where they live.The group will not have its own separate parish council, he said, but will be represented on the Blessed Sacrament parish council.

Bishop Silva said that “Latin Mass Community members should register as members of Blessed Sacrament Parish, if they are stable members of the community and not occasional visitors.”


You can read the rest there.

Remember, Summorum Pontificum says that pastors can establish celebrations of the older form of Holy Mass.  The pastor doesn’t have to obtain permission.   Just because there is a community or even a parish given some kind of recognition, that doesn’t mean that other pastors cannot use this great tool of the spiritual life and continuity.

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  1. jlmorrell says:

    “The pastor doesn’t have to obtain permission. Just because there is a community or even a parish given some kind of recognition, that doesn’t mean that other pastors cannot use this great tool of the spiritual life and continuity.”

    Keep repeating it – like a mantra.

    My experience has been that less than sympathetic bishops try to passive aggresively intimidate priests from offering the TLM. After that course of action has failed, they start talking about chaplains and seek to ghettoize the movement by telling anyone interested: “Oh, you want the Old Latin Mass! Go right over here (to 3pm Mass time at poorly located church), we’ve got a place just for people like you.”

  2. TKS says:

    I am stunned. I lived there for many years and left because it was such a lefty diocese. Sr. Joan, etc. Even had a meeting with the co-rector of the cathedral who told me there was nothing wrong with the homosexual lifestyle and gave me books to read supporting this view. Liturgical abuses abound. Buddhist statues in priest’s office. So I’m not going to hold my breath…

  3. nanetteclaret says:

    It is interesting that Holy Cross Anglican Church in Honolulu has petitioned to become part of the Ordinariate when it is established. The Bishop couldn’t possibly be worried that Traditional Catholics might become part of an Anglican Use Church – and therefore out of his jurisdiction. It must just be a coincidence.

  4. Torkay says:

    How about we accelerate this brick-by-brick process a little, by reading this:

  5. TJerome says:

    I guess those bishops who are “less sympathetic” are rejecting collegiality. After all, Pope Benedict supports the EF, so do many cardinals, and bishops. Why can’t these “less sympathetic” bishops “just get along?”

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