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Friday, August 24, 2007

Summorum Pontificum's Florida update

OK, people...this is the latest from Fr. Z's blog:

One of the faithful readers here sent me the following e-mail. Apparently there will be a public meeting with an official of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, about Motu Proprio. As you may be aware, the Bishop of Pensacola-Talahasee said that all the bishops of Florida had adopted the less than optimal norms developed by the Bishop of St. Augustine. One wonders what this meeting will be about. A call for a public meeting suggests that there is great interest in the older form of Mass.

Here is the e-mail I got:

While listening to the local Catholic radio station WQOP in Jacksonville, FL I heard an ad that there will be a meeting open to the public, about the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of St. Augustine. The guest speaker will be none other than Fr. Tom Willis, Director of Liturgy of the diocese who disseminated the memorandum to the clergy. Since I am sure there are people who read your columns who are in this diocese and are attatched to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, I would appreciate it if you’d get the word out. This would be THE opportunity for those who are trying to promote the extraordinary form and be faithful to tradition to get the word out. This is a chance to challenge the restrictions that this diocese intends on imposing upon us in spite of the directives of the Holy Father’s motu proprio. I have e-mailed WQOP to ask them to post this on their events column on their own webpage.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
7PM St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish-Cody Enrichment Center

11757 Old St. Augustine Road,

Jacksonville, FL 32258

(904)880-6404 WQOP Radio

Okay folks. I want to make something perfectly clear. If you are in that area and intend to go to that meeting, do NOT be belligerent or unkind to that priest or generally make an ass of yourself. You can do more harm than good if you go to this meeting and are nasty. If you go, be courteous and level headed. Do NOT get in anyone’s face. Do not harden hearts by aggression. If you think you cannot contain
yourself, don’t go.

As usual, Fr. Z. is dead-nuts right. Furthermore, I'd like to add that those who do go remember that what happens in this meeting could have ramifications WELL beyond the Diocese of St. Augustine (I'm not just doing for the benefit of Karen in Orlando or those of us here in Miami, or JB in Tampa, either...) and therefore I PRAY you attend properly informed and sourished by prayer and love and charity.




  • At 9:48 AM, September 19, 2007 , Blogger The Irish Apologist said...


    I attended this meeting last night and was saddened at the way Rev. Father Willis conducted himself..

    The meeting started with an excellent presentation by the Director of Adult Education for St. Joseph's Parish and when Fr. Willis took the podium, the tone and mood of the meeting changed to one of controlled hostility and back-handed comments. He expressed his wish to NOT have the meeting recorded which of course was his right.

    When honest questions were put to him, his answers were a beautiful exposition on various topics having nothing to do with the actual question answered....UNLESS the question was slanted against The Holy Mass.

    Fr. Willis gave an extremely one-sided presentation of the history of liturgy that left alot to be desired.

    Near the end of the meeting Fr. Willis in an effort to make some sort of joke I assume, mentioned a study that was conducted by Creighton University about individuals who prefer the Mass being linked to having A.D.D. This did in fact make me laugh because I thought Fr. Willis (who I heard can be rather intimidating) would have better stuff to say that that. I was not intimidated, but I was a bit offended.

    Now, something that Fr. Willis did say that I agree with is the fact that he mentioned that on the internet he has been blasted and very un-charitable things have been said of him. Now, I say that when we resort to those sorts of slander, we are no better than our Novus Ordo counterparts who blast The Saintly Arch Bishop Lefebvre.
    Prayer and fasting for their hearts to change should be our business. Living a TRULY Catholic life should be our silent but powerful example.

    Anyway, the meeting went as the majority of us expected with the basic gist being, His Excellency will asses the situation but Fr. Willis made clear that The Mass is NOT a priority for Bishop Galleone...


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