Sunday, August 12, 2007

He Said What?

Well it seems that the blogosphere has been thrown into a tizzy as a result of Fr. Rob Johansen spilling the beans on the Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. His excellency has seemingly overstepped his bounds and incredibly forbids the use of Latin, period.

Until other law is promulgated, all liturgies in the Diocese of Gaylord are to be celebrated entirely in English by the presiding celebrant.
The use of other languages in songs and hymns...can be used occasionally, but must never overshadow the use of English.

Any variance from this policy must be requested on an individual basis from the Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord using the form [You just can't make this stuff up!]that can be obtained from the Secretariat for Worship & Liturgical Formation or the Office of the Bishop.

This Policy takes effect immediately.[Bold in original]
Wow! Father Z. takes a crack at it here.

Plus, the Bishop of Brooklyn has a piece in the Tablet (Brooklyn Diocesan Newspaper)


Chironomo said...

As easy as it is to take a defensive stance against this statement from the Bishop, I have to side with many of those on Fr. Z's blog... that this was probably a pre-emptive move on his part to head off any individual priest from immediately implementing the principles of the MP. That in itself may not be a good thing either, but the fact is, even by his own words, his "proclamation" will be replaced by the Motu Proprio in September when it becomes effective. The statement about communion under both species is troubling however, particularly at a time when the practice seems to be diminishing, even in those places where it was common several years ago... too difficult to reconcile with the directive on cleansing of vessels I think!

Mike B. said...

What's the take on the view expressed by the Bishop of Brooklyn? To me, his response to the MP is "guarded" to say the least.

Anonymous said...

On September 14, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, NC will pay his second visit THIS YEAR to the diocesan Traditional Latin Mass community at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Dunn, NC. Bishop Burbidge will attend a 7:00PM Missa Cantata, to be celebrated by the church's pastor, Rev. Paul Parkerson.

Thank you for leading by example, Your Excellency!