Friday, July 13, 2007

Taking Former Altar Boy's Top 10 AND RUNNIN' WITH IT!!
Click here to see his Top 10 reasons to hate the Moru Proprio

One thing I'll give Bishop Trautman... at least he brought up the Motu Proprio on his diocesan web site. He's batting .400, but at least he said something.

That's more than I can say for Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles. As of this date and time (11:00 EST, July 13, 2007), absolutely nothing on the Archdiocese of LA web site even makes the slightest of mentions of the most earth-shaking news to hit to Catholicism since Vatican II.

But they do have a listing (the very first on their menu) of various languages that Mass is celebrated in. If one counts "African-American" and "Native-American" Cultural Focus as languages, then Mass is celebrated in 31 languages... from American Sign Language to Vietnamese.

Shockingly enough... Latin isn't listed. They love saying how they do offer it in accordance with Ecclesia Dei, but it's location is uber-secret. I guess they're on double secret probation.

The Archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings (or as I call it... Low Tidings) ran a story on the MP. They're batting .400.

My hometown diocese, San Diego (I grew up there), has zilch on their web site. I guess they're still busy selling off church property to pay for rapist "priests". But the diocesan paper, The Southern Cross, did mention the MP in a story from the Catholic News Service (the official news organ of the USCCB).

It was a rather terse snippet that summed up the release of the MP as essentially "[the Pope's] time-honored Vatican tradition: clearing his desk". From there, five whole sentences about the freeing of the Traditional Latin Mass. Hey, if Bishop Brom wants to ignore the runner on 3d, that's his call. But like I said... he's probably really super busy selling off church property. One must set priorities, you know.

The Diocese of Tucson is conspicuously silent as well. But they do have a link prominently displayed to report rapists "priests". Wow... I'm underwhelmed.

I'm genuinely surprised by the reaction of Archbishop Weurl of Washington, DC. I'll admit that I don't trust Archbishop Weurl... especially since his refusal to stand-up to pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians. But anyhow, the Archdiocesan web site states "We will be putting together a committee to revise the sacramental norms and facilitate implementation of the motu proprio by its effective date in September". Hmmm.... certain catch-words jump out at me. "Committee", "revise", "facilitate". Sheesh... why all the drama? In the words of a certain shoe company -- "just do it".

And in all fairness, I did come across more than one Diocesan web site that hasn't been updated since July, 6th, the day before the Motu Proprio was announced. I'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt in the meantime.

But you know... the news isn't all bad.

But the winner of the 1st Annual Vir Speluncae Catholicus "Gee, I'm Glad He's My Bishop" Award is His Excellency Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, NC.

Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter on the Roman Rite

On Saturday, July 7, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated motu proprio the Apostolic Letter On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970. (Summorum Pontificum).

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will meet with advisors to begin pastoral implementation of the Holy Father’s instructions. Directions given in the Apostolic Letter will be effective September 14, 2007, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

No double-talk, no catch phrases, no seminar-speak, just straight talk. "...begin pastoral implementation...". No committees being formed. No "ascertaining what constitutes a stable community". No searching for loopholes to end-run around The Holy Father.

There's only one thing I don't like about Bishop Burbidge being the Bishop of Raleigh... I got a nasty feeling that he'll be leaving us fairly soon (at least within 4 years). I can easily see him moving onto an Archdiocese one day soon.


Blogger Cybro said...

Well, what did you expect? Of course they are silent. More like stunned into silence. The bishops don't know what to say. What can they say?

They went along with all the changes and threw out tradition. Despite the fact that tradition was in place for very good reasons.

Now they are facing disaster. Look at Cardinal Mahony. He has to fork out $600 million. That should tell you something right there about this MP. Must be time to reinvent the wheel.

The pope has to be looking at all this and thinking hey my ships are sinking. Not just mine but those other denominations as well.

The other denominations have their scandals to. You just don't hear about it because it doesn't fit into the medias agenda of trashing the catholic church.

Now you have SSPX over there. Scandal free, growing stronger, never strayed from tradition and has suffered, so far, 37 years of abuse from the very church that they defend.

Maybe those guys aren't so bad after all.

10:23 PM  

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