20 October 2009

Will the bishops learn?

Let's see if the world's bishop will learn their lesson now. . .

In the mid-80's Pope John Paul II asked bishops to be generous in permitting traditionalist Catholics to celebrate the Tridentine Rite.

They weren't.  In fact, most of them were downright obstructive.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI gave us Summorum Pontificum, which takes the decision of whether or not to allow the celebration of the Tridentine Rite (a.k.a. "the Extraordinary Form") out of the bishops' hands.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II asked the bishops of England & Wales to be generous in receiving into the ranks of the isle's Catholic clergy those Anglican priests who were disaffected by the Church of England's decision to ordain women.

They weren't.  In fact, most of them were downright obstructive.

Today, Pope Benedict XVI gave us the Personal Anglican Ordinariate, a canonical work-around the isle's notoriously liberal hierarchy that allows Anglicans fed up with Canterbury's silly innovations to govern themselves within the RCC but without interference from said lib hierarchy.

The lesson here, boy and girls?

When the Holy Father asks you to do something. . .just do it, or it will be done for you.


  1. Amen, and I like it!

  2. I'm still confused between Extrodinary Form and Novus Ordo....how can I remember which is which? what do these riduculous names MEAN?? other than whether or not it's in Latin, what's the big difference?

  3. Mom, E.F. refers to what we used to call the Tridentine Rite (the form of the Mass instituted by the Council of Trent). The Tridentine Mass was the norm for the Church for some 500 years until 1970 when Paul VI authorized the Novus Ordo (the New Order for the Mass). The Novus Ordo is now the "Ordinary Form," meaning it's the one we use most of the time. "Extraordinary Form" means "outside the normal order," or, more plainly, "the unusual."

    Differences? OY! You don't ask much, do ya, Mom? :-)

    I'll send you a link that spells this out.