I received this and, in fairness, it ought to be shared:
Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
Your posting about our parish slightly mischaracterizes what was said at mass today about Cardinal Gregory’s thoughts about the Extraordinary Form Mass at our parish. If you review the Facebook video of this morning’s EF Mass (2nd Sunday after Easter) you’ll see that what was announced was this: The Cardinal will make a determination after the synod meetings in May. I asked our people to pray for the good of the parish and reminded them that they always have the right to communicate with their spiritual father. I did NOT suggest that he had made up his mind, nor did I suggest he’d speak on the matter in May. I can understand that someone might easily nuance the accurate statement into what they told you, but I just want to be clear for the good of my parishioners. I hope you’ll consider revising your post.
Father Vincent J. De Rosa
St. Mary Mother of God
It may be that one of you readers who know about the “Facebook video of this morning’s EF Mass” – he didn’t provide a link or time in the video, and I am not going to look for it – might be able to hunt this up.
From a reader…
It was announced at Mass this morning that Cardinal Gregory will issue statement on TC this month and it will not be a happy one. Pray for us in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC!
One of my connected friends in the DC area told me:
The word is that HE, Cardinal Gregory will confine the celebration of the 1962 missal to the JP II Center, a non-parochial chapel. It will be devastating to St. Mary’s. Truly the smoke of Satan….
Yes, truly cruel. It will harm a lot of people at Old St. Mary’s.
I really hope that something miraculous happens “between the bridge and the water”, between the pre-announcement and the announcement, a massive change of heart event, a 180° change of attitude about the people who will be so marginalized and harmed.
All the more reason to consider the Custos Traditionis initiative.
… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are
- the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
- the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.
I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.
- recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
- make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.
Aside: I had made some shirts for promoting this with the Memorare in several languages on the back and, on the front, Custos Traditionis – ASK ME
I happened to be wearing that shirt at the grocery the other day and the woman at the checkout asked. As it turns out she was Catholic and she was very interested to learn that a Sunday Traditional Latin Mass was not far away. She said she would go.
It isn’t the first time the shirt has presented a change for me to tell someone about the TLM. The conversation has also sometimes gotten around to other aspects of the Church’s life, too.