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Two pieces of news come to my box today, along with the news that Card. Burke is off the ventilator and moving out of the ICU – Laus Deo!
On 8 August in the Scottish Diocese of Motherwell, Bp. Joseph Toal, with the generous and open heart of a true shepherd of souls, suppressed the TLM in Cleland, telling people to go to the Novus Ordo where they live. Not controlling at all. Now he has also suppressed the Mass at Coatbridge, reducing it from monthly to 1st Saturdays only. What a “guardian of Tradition”!
By contrast, something I didn’t think I would see is happening in San Diego, where there is an ultra-liberal bishop, idolized by the Fishwrap (“brilliant mind and the heart of a pastor”), Robert McElroy. There were Masses at St. Mary’s and St. Margaret’s in the northern part of the diocese. With the excuse that “the Extraordinary Form has become a source of division” – a premise we are just supposed to accept – McElroy euthanized those Masses. In the south, there is a personal parish staffed by the FSSP, St. Anne’s. However, given the size of the diocese and the distance people would have to travel, he has received requests from people to consider another place in the northern part of the diocese. He wants a committee of lay people to find an “appropriate” location is that “non-parish” setting. That’s not nothing and that not nothing is a little unexpected, given that this is Bp. McElroy.
It is truly a sad situation. Find a “non-parish” setting for the Mass that has been celebrated continuously for centuries.
Where’s the charity for these people, who are the most marginalized group in the Church? Has either Toal or McElroy ever gone to be with these people who want the Traditional Mass? Have they celebrated Mass for them?
Imagine a bishop saying to a group of, say, Catholic Afghani refugees, “Find a place on your own, but not in a parish.” What a “guardian of Tradition”!
I suspect that if there were a handful of authentic Catholic Afghani refugees shipped to San Diego, the bishop would do Olympic-level floor exercise routines to reveal his pastoral heart for them.
Perhaps the folks in San Diego and in Coatbridge, Scotland should buy a church that’s being sold. Maybe they could build one. Maybe they could get some pointers from the SSPX priest in San Diego who celebrates Mass at a hotel.
Friends, we have to pray for these bishops. Pray, and fast. Pray, fast, and take on additional mortifications and performance of works of mercy. GO TO CONFESSION!