Words fail at the moment.
Remember that Rites themselves can’t be attacked. The people who desire those Rites are the true target.
From Latin Mass Montana:
Bishop Vetter Cancels All 1962 Latin Masses in Diocese of Helena
On February 1, 2022, Bishop Vetter made the decision to rescind his original position regarding the continuation of the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal) in the Diocese of Helena. The position of the Diocese of Helena is that all Masses according to the Missal of 1962 are to cease as of Ash Wednesday. This was announced at St. Richard in Columbia Falls, on February 6th, via a sermon by Fr. Sean Raftis.
Bishop Vetter did not issue an official statement, [so… in a way… it isn’t really a law at all?] and instead stated via Fr. Bart Tolleson that he delegated authority to Fr. Sean Raftis and Fr. Lebsock to announce the new policy. We will have a written transcript of Fr. Sean Raftis’ sermon available on our website soon.
In October 2021, Bishop Vetter met with numerous parishioners at St. Richard in Columbia Falls who attend the 8AM TLM, in the wake of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes (TC). Bishop Vetter stated at the meeting that: “St. Richard is the TLM parish of the Diocese and nothing will change regarding the TLM at St. Richard.”
Now, just a few months later, Bishop Vetter is changing his position, citing the “bination rule” in the dubia responses issued by Archbishop Roche in December.
Bishop Vetter claims now that “Rome is forcing his hand” and that the clarifications from the dubia responses made him act, but the analysis of canonists and the decisions of other bishops in the US and abroad contradict Bishop Vetter’s position.
Furthermore, Bishop Vetter’s written response to our request to exercise his authority to override the “bination rule” using canon 87 was “I won’t grant it.” This response seems to further prove the point that it is in fact his decision and not Rome’s that has led to the suppression of the TLM in the Diocese of Helena.
In the upcoming Illustrated Dictionary of the Church, his photo will appear next to more than one entry.
This bishop is only 54.
Think of the many years of loving pastoral care they will have from him now.
Of course he might get moved… which might be the point of this whole exercise.
“Rome is forcing his hand”
No. He has options. The option he chose is total relinquishing of subsidiarity.
However, note that….
Bishop Vetter did not issue an official statement,…
No official statement? So… this is… what?…. “Pretty please, Father, don’t say the TLM anymore!” or else, “I am nervous about writing something so… keep saying the TLM and I’ll find ways to hurt you, Father.”
I need to start applying the category of “The Last Acceptable Prejudice” also to these posts.
It is for men like that that I started…