Fr Z, thanks for all you do. You are one of the top 3 reads every day for me.
Bishop Olson recently erected a personal parish for those who ‘remain attached to the celebration’ of the EF. I was not aware of this. HERE [The parish was formally erected on 1 August.]
I attend St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Keller and I think you would
heartily approve of Monsignor Hart, with his extensive homilies on contraception, abortion, gay ‘marriage’ etc. First parish I’ve attended that uses graduals and introits and chant, though it is Novus Ordo. Recommended if you ever come down, though right now we’re in the blast furnace days.
A few years ago I attended the EF Mass at St Mary of the Assumption with my father on my birthday (as my gift), who remembered it fondly from his childhood. I have no memory of it from my youth.
Having read your blog, I knew to Say the Black and Do the Red.
You are welcome!
I would like to visit someday soon.
And I hope the people there are deeply grateful and that they will pray for their bishop incessantly, and that they will show their gratitude to him and to God by constant spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Let them win people to membership in their new parish through the beauty of sacred worship, clear doctrine and exemplary charity.
The New Evangelization advances a step.
That said, there are a couple phrases in Bp. Olson’s decree which struck me as unusual.
First, speaking of those who “remain attached” to the traditional forms is not very accurate. Many of those who attend are young and many new people are attending the Extraordinary Form. Of course once they learn of it they “remain”.
Also, the phrase about people who “bind themselves exclusively” to the Extraordinary Form. This leaves me scratching my head, because many people who might want to belong to such a parish and who prefer the Extraordinary Form also attend reverently celebrated Masses according to the Novus Ordo. They would also happily attend the Divine Liturgy of Easter Catholics – Ukrainian, Maronite, Ruthenian….
So, I hope that the Extraordinary Form spreads through the whole region.