Monday, September 17, 2007

The Evil Spirit Of Luther Is Alive And Well In Caserta, Italy
Wassa matta fuh you!!??

Here's a bit of the article from Catholic World News;

Italian bishop forbids Latin Mass despite motu proprio

Naples, Sep. 17, 2007
( - Bishop Raffaele Nogaro of Caserta, Italy forbade the celebrate of the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass on Sunday, September 15, despite the permission granted by Pope Benedict XVI for all priests to use the older liturgical form.

The Italian daily Il Messagero reports that Bishop Nogaro ordered Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gionta to cancel plans for a Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal at the Shrine of St. Anne. Msgr. Gionta, who had scheduled the Mass at the request of local Catholics, posted a note at the shrine to announce that he was changing plans. "I obey the bishop," he explained.

Il Messagero said that Bishop Nogaro ordered the cancellation of the Mass "so as not to set a precedent." The bishop said that he was taking action to help his people pray properly, since "to mumble in Latin serves no purpose."

I realize that The Holy Father would rather not go head-to-head when it comes to problems like this... but Your Holiness, now is the time for swift, decisive and concrete action. Anything less on your part will only embolden those who desire to defy not only you, but centuries upon centuries of Catholic tradition.


Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

This does have all the earmarks of a test-case about it, doesn't it? And in the Holy Father's own backyard.

And this bishop makes no attempt at any mumbo-jumbo about burdens on the priest, or competence of the celebrant or any such excuses. It's all about the Latin.

This is directly contrary to the Holy Father's instruction. Only the Holy Father can address this.

I join you in praying he will.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gionta was right to obey his superior--his bishop--but now he needs to write to the Pope and let him know that Bishop Nogaro is directly disobedient to His Holliness.

To say, "to mumble in Latin serves no purpose." is to directly say he thinks the Pope, the vicar of Christ is wrong--hmmmm. He wants respect from his followers--but does not respect his superior--not a good thing.

3:59 PM  
Blogger paramedicgirl said...

Is this the same bishop who cried when the MP was released? And I don't mean tears of joy, either?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Unitas said...

Did you also know that this bishop allows muslims and orthodox to use his facilites?

But for a Catholic to use the facilities for a Catholic mass in Latin is just too much...

"Right - he says - because to help people pray is an honorable effort. While to grumble in Latin does not serve any purpose whatsoever.

"The faithful must be offered something which is valuable and educational, not occasions of disorientation. And I maintain that numbing them with sacred images is only choreography and roleplaying. A useless aesthetic object which does not convey anything."

6:23 PM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

Someone please tell me....Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was excommunicated for what again? Just wondering.

8:58 AM  

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