Visit to a courageous priest

By Augustinus

I made an appointment with one of the priests at my parish. This is the man who celebrates mass ad orientam while his fellow priests smirk in the background. Arriving at his office I quickly looked around and on a table at the back of the office were standing the rubric cards for the Latin mass. When I asked about these he told me that he has privately been practicing the extraordinary form so that he will be ready if ever conditions change at the parish. Conditions at the parish are as follows: THERE is a group of parishioners who want a regular Latin mass but the parish pastor; the head priest has vetoed this request on the grounds that TWO priests must be willing to serve the Latin mass if it is to be put on the regular schedule. There are three priests at the parish and only the priest I was visiting has pledged to learn the extraordinary rite so there is no Latin mass on the schedule at my parish–this despite the fact that there is a stable group of parishoners AND a priest wishing to have that mass.  This is how Pope Benedict’s motu proprio on the extraordinary form has been undermined.


2 thoughts on “Visit to a courageous priest

  1. Allan Gillis

    exactly mon ami! This phony requirement that TWO priests from the same rectory must be “versed” in the E.F. is nothing but horseshit. I’m sure between the few folks and the priest they could come up with a backup priest in case of illness! Shame! Shame on that pastor! YOU should chew his ear Augustinus! You’re quite a formidable ear-chewer as I recall!

  2. Steve Shields

    As a member of your parish community ask to post a notice in the bulletin asking for others interested in that form to gather. Start communication and invite the priest to join you.

    People are alway defensive about change. Perhaps once you get enough people together, you can visit your pastor and ask to consider allowing a weekday Mass (every Thursday, etc) with the form. It should come from the parish community.

    Then, if you get enough people, it will expand, as long as the rest of the congregation understand it is about inclusion (adding a traditional form of Mass) rather than an exclusion (trying to make them change to something they are not comfortable with).


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