The real issue...


#1

An interesting note has been posted on a popular blog hosted by the well regarded Father Zuhlsdorf. I am sure many readers of these fora are familiar with it.

His blog cites a classic letter from a pastor to his flock.

This pastor was asked to celebrate the extraordinary Mass. The answer is no.

First, he admits…rather vaguely with respect to details…that he “reacted”. He apologizes for that. Okay…let us move on, but with that in mind, perhaps.

Then he gives reasons that may indeed be legitimate…overwork, crowded schedule, not enough priests…reasons that are difficult to counter definitively.

But then the truth emerges. He speaks of the “ecclesiology” of this liturgy, and how it’s not our ecclesiology today. He speaks of the problems he has with this “ecclesiology” that does not respect women, lay participation, etc., etc.

Lastly, he admits his church is not renovated and would be ideal for this liturgy. But he firmly notes that as long as he is pastor, it will not happen.

Actually, he then reminds people about donating to the church…

Ever wonder why “traditionalists” feel persecuted and paranoid? This pastor’s attitude is not unique…


#2

I posted this previously in forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=94210&page=17

Here is a link to the bulletin article saintpeterchurch.us/index.php?id=pastors_comments

Does not surprise me as he is listed here http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_41_39/ai_108968736/pg_4


#3

But then the truth emerges. He speaks of the “ecclesiology” of this liturgy, and how it’s not our ecclesiology today. He speaks of the problems he has with this “ecclesiology” that does not respect women, lay participation, etc., etc.

Elitist arrogance; a hallmark of liberal thinking. i.e. The poor fools (laity in general, women in particular, who desire the extraordinary form) hardly know what is best for themselves. They need an elite class of progressive thinkers to tell them.


#4

I read his letter, and he does sound very arrogant, stating what traditional Catholics think and believe. He is espousing his own view and imposing it on everyone. Then he sends all those who desire the old Mass packing to another parish:

I suspect that it will be celebrated at a few other parishes. How many, where and when I do not know. For those who wish to attend those Masses there are opportunities.

Yeah, he’s really obedient to the Pope’s MP.


#5

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