Saw this in the Catholic Telegraph this week
DAYTON DEANERY — Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has entrusted Holy Family Parish in Dayton to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) for celebration of the Catholic traditional Latin Mass and sacraments in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.
Father Mark Wojdelski is the new pastor of the parish, which offers two Sunday Masses, an 8 a.m. low Mass and a 10:30 a.m. high Mass, with weekday Masses offered at 7:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
The archbishop’s action establishes the first “Latin-only” parish in southwest Ohio, and only the 13th such parish in the nation.
Offering Mass in the extraordinary form means that parishioners and attendees experience Mass as it was celebrated before the Second Vatican Council, with the tabernacle on the main altar, the priest facing God during Mass, and a rail at which Catholics receive Communion on the tongue. Only priests and deacons administer Communion, there are private confessions before Mass, prayer books are in Latin and English and music includes Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.
Persons wishing to be members of the parish must register with the pastor.
I have to wonder if this is the best idea. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is fine to have a parish that prefers and uses the EF, but I wonder if the establishment of such parishes will prove beneficial in the long run. I say this for two reasons.
First, is that it gives those opposed to the EF an excuse to refuse or obstruct the EF in their home parishes because those interested, “can go to the Latin Only church”.
Second, depending on how well this parish draws members, these same people will point and say, “See there isn’t that much interest”, when in point of fact, factors like distance/costs/convenience, can play a significant role in whether one chooses to attend a church outside fo their home parish.
Third, the establishment of such parishes could potentially (not definitely) lead to a segregation within the Church of “EF” catholics and “OF” catholics. This could lead to greater frictions down the road on policy matters etc.
I don’t say these things will happen, I hope I’m wrong in the fears I express above. It seems to me that the Holy Father wishes for the EF to become more incorporated into parish life on the whole, and not be relegated to some few parishes.
Oh Well, Perhaps it will work out just fine.
What do you guys and gals think. Good idea or bad not?