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Sunday, September 23, 2007

What? You thought this'd be easy?

A while ago, I reported on the (IMCO) lamentable way the Diocese of St. Augustine, FL was handling Summorum Pontificum. In the combox, The Irish Apologist had this to say by way of update:

JMJ,

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 [Traditional] 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...

So, that's how it stands. The glimmer of good news for Floridians is that it seems that not all the state's Bishops have taken this line. So far the Archdiocese of Miami has not been particularly hostile -- mostly silent and neutral-ish, if you must characterize it somehow -- and the Diocese of Venice, FL (which really means Naples/Ft. Myers, but never mind) has actually been pretty sanguine.

Still, keep praying.

AMDG,

-J.

* Regardless how one feels about Abp. LeFebvre (and I freely admit to being somewhat conflicted in my views on him) slander and character assassination are so wildly counterproductive that it's practically Sysyphean. So, and you know who you are, cut it out.