Whew! A lot of news today. I’ve been bus this morning writing my new weekly column at 1 Peter 5, now happily under new management.
Let’s see a couple things.
First, in the wake of Traditionis custodes, the superiors of the various once “Ecclesia Dei” communities (those religious institutes established by the Holy See for use of the books of the Traditional Roman Rite – and Francis in his latest interview says it is a different Rite and who am I to judge?) met with each other in view of an upcoming meeting in Rome with their now relevant dicasteries, the Congregations for Religious and for Divine Worship.
Frankly, I wouldn’t shed a tear if they – let’s just call them The Superiors™, kinda Motown – collectively boycotted the summons to Rome. But they won’t. I predict that they will be petted a little, lulled. Then an instruction will be issued by Religious that restricts the formation of their new postulants and by Worship telling then that they had better concelebrate or else. All in pastoral solicitude and citing Francis’ remark that TC was really a fatherly attempt to “support and consolidate” Summorum Pontificum.
The Superiors™ issued a joint statement. It’s quite a read. Though I heard it through the grapevine from multiple sources, in fraternal good will I mention in chief that you can find the whole thing at Rorate. HERE
I want to highlight a couple of things.
Francis, in TC, said that the use of the Traditional Roman Rite (apparently now acknowledged as such – who am I to judge, not that it was obvious), has caused widespread division and the people who desire it call the Council into question. We are simply supposed to accept that premise. That’s an absurd falsehood, of course, and it grieves me that he has been duped into thinking that it is true. The Sups™, God bless them, wrote in their Communiqué:
The signatory Institutes want, above all, to reiterate their love for the Church and their fidelity to the Holy Father. This filial love is tinged with great suffering today. We feel suspected, marginalized, banished. However, we do not recognize ourselves in the description given in the accompanying letter of the Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes, of July 16, 2021.
Have any mistakes been made? We are ready, as every Christian is, to ask forgiveness if some excess of language or mistrust of authority may have crept into any of our members. We are ready to convert if party spirit or pride has polluted our hearts.
We beg for a humane, personal, trusting dialogue, far from ideologies or the coldness of administrative decrees.
Pope Francis, “encourage[s] the Church’s pastors to listen to them with sensitivity and serenity, with a sincere desire to understand their plight and their point of view, in order to help them live better lives and to recognize their proper place in the Church.”(Amoris Laetitia, 312). We are eager to entrust the tragedies we are living to a father’s heart. We need listening and goodwill, not condemnation without prior dialogue.
The harsh judgment creates a feeling of injustice and produces resentment. Patience softens hearts. We need time.
There it is. “Stop! In the name of love”
As I said when this goat rodeo began, the people now making the harsh administrative decrees have not had any personal contact with the already marginalized community within their flocks that they are now marginalizing even more?
Where’s the Christian charity? Heck, where’s even basic worldly fairness?
An example of this can be found in the new diktats from Card. DiNardo for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston sent to me by a priest friend down there. It’s all online HERE in all its chilling stinginess. In a nutshell, there were four parishes in the Archdiocese with the TLM with Sunday Masses. If Papa was a rolling stone, then DiNardo – sadly to say an alumnus of my school in Rome – has done his own roll, and crushed out three of them and also banned all other sacraments with the traditional Rite.
Ken Wolfe at Rorate remarks that:
“[W]hy does Cardinal DiNardo grant permission for protestants to use his cathedral for their “ordinations” but Catholics who attend the traditional Latin Mass cannot worship using the 1962 books at their parish?
“What’s goin’ on?” That’s a damn good question.
In the past, Card. DiNardo commendably has confirmed in the Traditional Roman Rite and he showed up for the ground breaking of the parish entrusted to the FSSP, Regina Caeli, which has survived today’s pogrom. One might ask, where did our love go? But, over the span of years since Summorum, how engaged has he been with these people for whom he has the cura animarum.
How does TC and the Houston Pogrom contribute to the care of souls? Really? If there are some people who have gone astray into some sort of extremism, then doesn’t it behoove the shepherd to go in search of the few? Save them personally rather than through a proxy or an administrative decree?
Pastoral care à la the Cultural Revolution.
CRUSH THE FOUR OLDS! MISSALE ROMANUM, BREVIARIUM ROMANUM, PONTIFICALE ROMANUM, GRADUALE ROMANUM!
In a time when this particular sector of the Church is experiencing growth and evidencing a vital future, now is when you stomp on it?
Build back better!
Scatter the old world! Build a new world!
Dasui jiu shijie! Chuangli xin shijie!
I have a vintage poster of this from that time. Along with my painting of Bl. Miguel Pro, it reminds me of how fast things can go sideways. Here it is, still waiting for me to find its wall in my new place.
Let’s lighten it up a little, though the lyrics here seem oddly appropriate to the topic.