Sunday, April 06, 2008

Military Archdiocese Says No to Latin Mass

(Trust me, This BS Will NOT Stand! I Urge All Caveman Catholics to sign this Petition.)

Article from "Catholic Family News."

By Edwin Faust

Since the publication of the motu proprio “Summorum Pontifcum”, requests have been made to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to provide Tridentine Mass at military installations. To demonstrate the widespread desire for such a provision, a petition was briefly posted on a Web site during the Veterans Day holiday in the U.S. and more than 150 military personnel signed the petition and added their heartfelt comments. This information was forwarded to the new archbishop, Timothy Broglio, who delegated the matter to one of his subordinates, Msgr. James Dixon, whose disappointing response appears (at the bottom) on this page. (Go to the web site to read this letter.) According to Msgr. Dixon, there will be no attempt made to implement the motu proprio in the archdiocese on the grounds that the military do not constitute a stable community.

We cannot accept such reasoning, as it would also preclude celebrations of the Tridentine Mass on college and university campuses, where students also come and go; yet, we have seen several such Masses being offered on a regular basis and attracting large followings. The refusal of the archdiocese also appears to presume that no such Masses can be offered without a request by what it considers a stable community. This is simply not the case, as in many locales Masses have been initiated by priests, even with the help of their ordinaries, and drawn many of the faithful. The community request appears to require a response, but not to be a sine qua non.

In any event, there is a demonstrated widespread desire for the ancient Mass in all branches of the military. The previous ordinary, Archbishop O’Brien, refused implementation of the 1988 indult, despite repeated requests; his successor seems intent upon continuing this policy, suggesting that those who want the Latin Mass look elsewhere. But this is not possible in many cases. My son, a cadet at the military academy at West Point, is restricted to post most weekends and, were he not, there is no Latin Mass available within a reasonable distance. His situation is quite common.

Despite its somewhat unctuous tone, Msgr. Dixon’s letter makes it evident that the military archdiocese has bent its mind, not to finding ways to provide Traditional Latin Masses, but to preventing them. There is no provision in the motu proprio that allows an ordinary to send those who want the Tridentine Mass on a search through neighboring dioceses. And many in the military, for one reason and another, cannot travel far from their duty station.

There have been generous responses to the Holy Father’s motu proprio, such as that of Archbishop Burke in St. Louis, who is providing training for those priests who wish to say the Tridentine Mass. Several workshops have also sprung up in various dioceses and those orders specially dedicated to offering the Tridentine Mass have been providing help to the many priests who want to learn this ancient and beautiful rite. There is no reason that the military archdiocese should not take steps to conform itself to the mind of the Holy Father and satisfy the legitimate aspirations of those in its spiritual charge. The problem is not the lack of a stable community, but the lack of good will in high places.

I would ask all of you who are reading this to please speak up for those members of the military who want the Tridentine Mass offered at major military installations. Below is the contact information for the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. There is also an interactive Web site offering information, updates and comments on this situation:

These brave people in our military are willing to lay down their lives for us. Surely, it is not too much to ask that their shepherds provide them with the spiritual nourishment they need in the legitimate form in which they request it.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio Archdiocese for the Military Services, USAPost Office Box 4469Washington, D.C. 20017-0469Telephone: 202-269-9100Fax: 202-269-9022

Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Cardinal, PresidentPontifical Commission Ecclesia DeiPalazzo della Congr. Per la Dottrina della Fede00193 RomaPiazza del S. Uffizio, 11

Sign the Petition for the Restorationof the Tridentine Mass for theU.S. Armed Forces
go to:

From the April 2008 Catholic Family News MPO Box 743 * Niagara Falls, NY 14302905-871-6292


Blogger David said...

I'm back again. So many good posts to comment on, so little time! I know you read and have a lot of time for Fr Z, so I hope I'm not out of place in saying that Fr Z's critique of this editorial is pretty good. For what it's worth "occasional" does not mean "rarely", and traddies in the military can form their own groups, find a good priest and ask him to offer Mass. Too many traddies take the crap dished out to us. To quote one of the FSSP priests here, "The Pope's on our side. Catholicism is about being grown up. The laity now have rights. They have to use them, and stand up for themselves.". I just about cheered when I heard that one. If the laity won't help themselves, they'll get nowhere. That's not a criticism of your post; I think you get it. The Millitary Archbishop hasn't slammed the door in your face, though, I think he just wants the laity to take up the ball and run with it, if you know what I mean... I think it was Cardinal Newman who said that the Orthodox laity (well, together with God and St Athanasius)saved the faith in the days of Arianism. Sorry if I'm talking out of turn - I think we probably are in general agreement.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Animadversor said...

I urge to you read Father Zuhlsdorf's comments on this at

1:36 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Honestly, why the worry about signing this petition? The Motu Proprio is pretty straightforward on what to do in the face of bishops who go against the legitimate desires of traditionally-minded Catholics.

Why don't these folks who fall under the Military Archdiocese just contact the Ecclesai Dei Commission?

Obviously, this new bishop isn't all he's cracked up to be.

8:20 AM  
Blogger KitBrookside said...

I say put Fr. Richsteig on it - he's well armed, spiritually and otherwise...

But in the meantime, I am passing this on to our TLM-ophile friends at and around Quantico.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Rondinellamamma said...

This just came via email today; bit OT, but it's too beautiful not to share. Wishing a Blessed Christmas to the Caveman & his family, all Cave-commentors & our US Mililtary.

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regime nt
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

7:17 PM  

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