Sunday, July 8, 2007

U.S. Diocesan Official Reactions

By Patrick Archbold

This is a list of the Official Responses of U.S. Dioceses to the motu proprio Summorum Pontficum.
Note: This list is a work in progress and may take some time. If you are aware of a statement not listed below, please add it to the comments. Help is greatly appreciated.

Province of Anchorage

The Ecclesiastical Province of Anchorage comprises the state of Alaska.

* Archdiocese of Anchorage
* Diocese of Fairbanks
* Diocese of Juneau

Province of Atlanta

The Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta comprises the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

* Archdiocese of Atlanta
* Diocese of Charleston
* Diocese of Charlotte
* Diocese of Raleigh
* Diocese of Savannah

Province of Baltimore

The Ecclesiastical Province of Baltimore comprises all but five counties of the state of Maryland, and all of the states of Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Archdiocese of Baltimore
* Diocese of Arlington
* Diocese of Richmond
* Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
* Diocese of Wilmington (comprising Delaware and portions of Maryland, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)

Province of Boston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Boston comprises the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

* Archdiocese of Boston
* Diocese of Burlington
* Diocese of Fall River
* Diocese of Manchester
* Diocese of Portland
* Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts
* Diocese of Worcester

Province of Chicago

The Ecclesiastical Province of Chicago comprises the state of Illinois.

* Archdiocese of Chicago
* Diocese of Belleville
* Diocese of Joliet
* Diocese of Peoria
* Diocese of Rockford
* Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Province of Cincinnati

The Ecclesiastical Province of Cincinnati comprises the state of Ohio.

* Archdiocese of Cincinnati
* Diocese of Cleveland
* Diocese of Columbus
* Diocese of Steubenville
* Diocese of Toledo
* Diocese of Youngstown

Province of Denver

The Ecclesiastical Province of Denver comprises the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

* Archdiocese of Denver
* Diocese of Cheyenne
* Diocese of Colorado Springs
* Diocese of Pueblo

Province of Detroit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit comprises the state of Michigan.

* Archdiocese of Detroit
* Diocese of Gaylord
* Diocese of Grand Rapids
* Diocese of Kalamazoo
* Diocese of Lansing
* Diocese of Marquette
* Diocese of Saginaw

Province of Dubuque

The Ecclesiastical Province of Dubuque comprises the state of Iowa.

* Archdiocese of Dubuque
* Diocese of Davenport
* Diocese of Des Moines
* Diocese of Sioux City

Province of Galveston-Houston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Galveston-Houston comprises the eastern counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
* Diocese of Austin
* Diocese of Beaumont
* Diocese of Brownsville
* Diocese of Corpus Christi
* Diocese of Tyler
* Diocese of Victoria in Texas

Province of Hartford

The Ecclesiastical Province of Hartford comprises the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

* Archdiocese of Hartford
* Diocese of Bridgeport
* Diocese of Norwich
* Diocese of Providence

Province of Indianapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Indianapolis comprises the state of Indiana.

* Archdiocese of Indianapolis
* Diocese of Evansville
* Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
* Diocese of Gary
* Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Province of Kansas City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Kansas City comprises the state of Kansas.

* Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
* Diocese of Dodge City
* Diocese of Salina
* Diocese of Wichita

Province of Los Angeles

The Eccclesiastical Province of Los Angeles comprises the southern and central counties of the state of California.

* Archdiocese of Los Angeles
* Diocese of Fresno
* Diocese of Monterey
* Diocese of Orange
* Diocese of San Bernardino
* Diocese of San Diego

Province of Louisville

The Ecclesiastical Province of Louisville comprises the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

* Archdiocese of Louisville
* Diocese of Covington
* Diocese of Knoxville
* Diocese of Lexington
* Diocese of Memphis
* Diocese of Nashville
* Diocese of Owensboro

Province of Miami

The Ecclesiastical Province of Miami comprises the state of Florida.

* Archdiocese of Miami
* Diocese of Orlando
* Diocese of Palm Beach
* Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
* Diocese of St. Augustine
* Diocese of St. Petersburg
* Diocese of Venice

Province of Milwaukee

The Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee comprises the state of Wisconsin.

* Archdiocese of Milwaukee
* Diocese of Green Bay
* Diocese of La Crosse
* Diocese of Madison
* Diocese of Superior

Province of Mobile

The Ecclesiastical Province of Mobile comprises the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

* Archdiocese of Mobile
* Diocese of Biloxi
* Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
* Diocese of Jackson

Province of New Orleans

The Ecclesiastical Province of New Orleans comprises the state of Louisiana.

* Archdiocese of New Orleans
* Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana
* Diocese of Baton Rouge
* Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
* Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana
* Diocese of Lake Charles
* Diocese of Shreveport

Province of New York

The Ecclesiastical Province of New York comprises the state of New York.

* Archdiocese of New York
* Diocese of Albany
* Diocese of Brooklyn
* Diocese of Buffalo
* Diocese of Ogdensburg
* Diocese of Rochester
* Diocese of Rockville Centre
* Diocese of Syracuse

Province of Newark

The Ecclesiastical Province of Newark comprises the state of New Jersey.

* Archdiocese of Newark
* Diocese of Camden
* Diocese of Metuchen
* Diocese of Paterson
* Diocese of Trenton

Province of Oklahoma City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Oklahoma City comprises the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

* Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
* Diocese of Little Rock
* Diocese of Tulsa

Province of Omaha

The Ecclesiastical Province of Omaha comprises the state of Nebraska.

* Archdiocese of Omaha
* Diocese of Grand Island
* Diocese of Lincoln

Province of Philadelphia

The Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia comprises the state of Pennsylvania.

* Archdiocese of Philadelphia
* Diocese of Allentown
* Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
* Diocese of Erie
* Diocese of Greensburg
* Diocese of Harrisburg
* Diocese of Pittsburgh
* Diocese of Scranton

Province of Portland

The Ecclesiastical Province of Portland comprises the states of Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

* Archdiocese of Portland
* Diocese of Baker
* Diocese of Boise
* Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
* Diocese of Helena

Province of Saint Louis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Louis comprises the state of Missouri.

* Archdiocese of Saint Louis
* Diocese of Jefferson City
* Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph
* Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis comprises the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

* Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
* Diocese of Bismarck
* Diocese of Crookston
* Diocese of Duluth
* Diocese of Fargo
* Diocese of New Ulm
* Diocese of Rapid City
* Diocese of Saint Cloud
* Diocese of Sioux Falls
* Diocese of Winona

Province of San Antonio

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Antonio comprises the western counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of San Antonio
* Diocese of Amarillo
* Diocese of Dallas
* Diocese of El Paso
* Diocese of Fort Worth
* Diocese of Laredo
* Diocese of Lubbock
* Diocese of San Angelo

Province of San Francisco

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco comprises the northern counties of the state of California and all of the states of Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

* Archdiocese of San Francisco
* Diocese of Honolulu
* Diocese of Las Vegas
* Diocese of Oakland
* Diocese of Reno
* Diocese of Sacramento
* Diocese of Salt Lake City
* Diocese of San Jose in California
* Diocese of Santa Rosa in California
* Diocese of Stockton

Province of Santa Fe

The Ecclesiastical Province of Santa Fe comprises the states of Arizona and New Mexico.

* Archdiocese of Santa Fe
* Diocese of Gallup (comprising portions of New Mexico and Arizona, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)
* Diocese of Las Cruces
* Diocese of Phoenix
* Diocese of Tucson

Province of Seattle

The Ecclesiastical Province of Seattle comprises the state of Washington.

* Archdiocese of Seattle
* Diocese of Spokane
* Diocese of Yakima

Province of Washington

The Ecclesiastical Province of Washington comprises the District of Columbia, five neighboring counties in Maryland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

* Archdiocese of Washington
* Diocese of Saint Thomas


JGDieter said...

Abp. Burke of St. Louis is planning, according to a memo dated 7 JULY 2007 sent to priests, to try to have a response ready to be published in this Friday's edition of the archdiocesan paper (available on-line). Along with the memo, his office sent the Latin text of the motu proprio, the USCCB unofficial translation, and the Holy Father's accompanying letter in English. In his memo, Abp. Burke encourages the priests to read the Holy Father's letter and also reiterates some of the major points. On a practical level, he will have the Archdiocese offer the necessary liturgical formation and Latin lessons to any priests interested in celebrating the extraordinary form. Abp. Burke also mentions that Kenrick Seminary will provide the necessary liturgical formation for seminarians so that they may be able to celebrate the Mass according to the 1962 Missal. Latin is already a requirement for both Cardinal Glennon College-Seminary and the Kenrick School of Theology, but the Archbishop mentions that courses will give particular attention to liturgical Latin. Abp. Burke states that he does not foresee much change in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, since there is already a well-established apostolate for those who desire the Mass or other Sacraments according to what was in force in 1962. Further details on formation sessions and the official English translation of the motu proprio will be forthcoming.

Lawrence King said...

This list is wonderful! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Did you forget the
Archdiocese of Military Services?

Anonymous said...

There is nothing in the Tulsa Diocese or Oklahoma City Archdiocese websites about their bishops statements on or against Motu Proprio. When that happens, I'll let you know.

Lynne said...

The Archdiocese of Boston's statement is up on their website.

Anonymous said...

Archbishop of Seattle Alex Brunett on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum

Anonymous said...

Letter from Bishop Kevin Farrell (Diocese of Dallas) to Priests (edited)

I write to you concerning the most recent publication of Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI regarding the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, that is, according to the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962 by Pope Blessed John XXIII.

In the Diocese of Dallas the Extraordinary Form is celebrated every Sunday at 9:30 AM and at 11:30 AM by Father Joseph Terra, FSSP at the Chapel of Carmel of St. Joseph and the Infant of Prague. The Extraordinary Form is celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish each morning at 6:30AM and on Saturday at 8:00 AM. The Ordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated in Latin (Novus Ordo) by Father Paul Weinberger at 11:30 AM on Sundays at St. William’s Church in Greenville, Texas.
In accordance with Article V of the Motu Proprio it is the responsibility of the Bishop of the Diocese to oversee the celebration of the liturgy in all of its Forms. As most of our priests have no formal liturgical training in the use of the Extraordinary Form I ask that any priest who wishes to celebrate this Form to contact me so that I can assist him in receiving adequate training in this Liturgical Form. In his letter to the Bishops of the world, the Holy Father pointed out that the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form”… presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language.”

It is my intention to establish a committee of four priests who have knowledge of the Tridentine Rite to assist me in reviewing all requests from priests and the laity to establish public Masses in the Extraordinary Form. It will be the responsibility of this committee to assess the Pastoral needs of the people as well as the capacity of our priests and parishes to celebrate the Mass in this Form.
I encourage any priest who seeks to celebrate the Extraordinary Form for the first time, privately or publicly, to seek a review of his abilities to celebrate the Rite in a worthy and noble manner. It would be most unfortunate if, due to a lack of liturgical training or misinterpretation of the rubrics, this Sacred Form was not celebrated with the dignity it requires.

As I visit the Parishes I am impressed by the dedication of some of our brother priests who, because of the needs of our people, celebrate six or more Masses on a weekend. I have also received requests from Pastors to establish Masses in additional national languages, but I have been reluctant to do so due to a lack of priests. I would hope that, if any priest feels that he could be of assistance in helping some of our more populated parishes, he would be willing to do so.

I thank you for your priestly ministry in service to the needs of our people.

Anonymous said...

Pastoral Message aired on KNXT-TV during October 2007

Bishop John T. Steinbock, Diocese of Fresno

My Dear People of God,

The document Pope Benedict XVI issued on July 7 regarding the use of the Latin Mass, reformed and published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962, took effect in the Universal Church on September 14 of this year. The Holy Father declared that both this 1962 Latin Mass, referred to as the Tridentine Mass, and the Mass we now celebrate, the Mass of Paul VI published in 1970, form one and the same Rite.

The Holy Father has given permission to a priest, in Masses celebrated without the people, to celebrate the extraordinary form of 1962 in Latin, on his own authority. He does not need permission of the Bishop. Masses celebrated without people are private and non-scheduled Masses. The Holy Father states that Christ’s faithful, with due observance of law, who spontaneously request it, may be admitted to these celebrations.

In parishes where a group of faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition exists stably, if the pastor is able, he is asked to accede to their requests for the celebration of the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962. If a group of lay faithful does not obtain what it requests from the pastor, it should inform the diocesan Bishop. If he cannot provide for this celebration, the Holy Father says that the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei.”

As the Bishop of our Diocese, I have always allowed a Sunday Mass in Latin according to the 1962 Missal, both in the South and the North, the Bakersfield area and the Fresno area, for those people, coming from many different parishes, who have an attachment to the Mass in Latin. I thank those priests who have provided this Mass through the years. It is a reality that there are very few priests left that are able to celebrate the Mass in Latin either in the ordinary or the extraordinary form.

I cannot foresee, at this time, a regular Sunday Mass in Latin in any other parishes, unless the pastor of a parish is personally able and willing to celebrate this Mass in Latin. Most priests are already celebrating two, three and sometimes four Masses, both on Saturdays and Sundays. As the Bishop, I also have to tell everyone, quite frankly, that because of the shortage of priests, we are now preparing to have some of our parishes staffed, not by a priest, but by a Permanent Deacon, a Religious, or a Lay Person, who will be called a “Parish Life Coordinator.” This person will be in charge of leading the parish community, with a priest coming to celebrate Mass and hear Confessions when available.

Hopefully, the document of the Holy Father will have a significant impact in Europe, where relatively few faithful are coming to Mass on Sunday. Here in our Diocese, our parish churches, with multiple Masses, are filled with people, who experience a vibrant and devotional Sunday Liturgy. We are blest, in so many ways, but we are in great need of priests. Let us pray for vocations especially from within our parish communities. +

Anonymous said...

Statement above from Fresno

Anonymous said...

Bishop of Monterey Pastoral Letter September 2007

...[M]any of you have asked about our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI's recent “Moto proprio “ Summorum Pontificum” regarding the availability of the 1962 mass according to the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope John XXIII. Citing words from the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI explained that in both forms for celebrating the Roman ritual, the intent is the same: “full, conscious, and active participation of the faithful.” Both forms celebrate our participation in sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ: in the ordinary” form or post-Vatican II, we do so by means of our English (vernacular) language and communal prayer, while in the extraordinary or pre-Vatican II form, participation also includes listening to the prayers in Latin and joining our hearts to the words and actions. Specifically, in this Diocese I am presently consulting with others with the hope of making the Latin Mass of the 1962 Missal available in three separate locations in our Diocese in a church of our Northern area, Central area and Southern area.

It is thus my intention to have these masses celebrated by late September in three sites. However, the Church has to be liturgically appropriate. Also I am seeking the assistance of Priests who can celebrate the Mass as our Holy Father has required, with the ability and heartfelt desire to celebrate the 1962 Latin Mass. Also it is necessary to offer this Mass at a time of day that is convenient for the people and Priests but without infringing on the already busy Sunday schedule of Masses in many of our Parishes.

I will formally announce our specific plans later in September, and evaluate the needs of our people in the future. ...

Lauren said...

Thank you for this compilation. It is very helpful. We will do our best to help you add to the site! God bless!