Saturday, August 11, 2007

New Pope in Gaylord, Michigan.

From I heard of this bishop, Patrick Cooney, who, well, I'll just let him do the explaining:

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 that can be obtained from the Secretariat for Worship & Liturgical Formation or the Office of the Bishop.

This statement was released in late June, before the release of Summorum Pontificum.

Obviously a bishop has no right to make such restrictions, as Latin is the norm for the celebration of the liturgy, even if it's not the practical norm. It is the vernacular that is the exception, not the rule. Not even he can change that. It is a gross overstepping of his authority.

But hey, who needs to worry about that when you're busy pontificating from the Holy See of Gaylord?

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.


paramedicgirl said...

And he'll get away with it. That's the sad part.

Unitas said...

I saw a post on CAF dealing with this which showed everything about why this isn't allowed.

-Sacrosanctum Concilium
-Redemptionis Sacramentum
-the GIRM
-Canon Law
-several centuries' worth of tradition

And you're right, it is sad that he'll get away with it. Just like Brown gets away with forcing people to stand the recieve the Eucharist.

How did Dante put it? The roads of hell are paved with the skulls of bishops?

paramedicgirl said...

Actually, I think it was St John Chrysostom who said that, though Dante may have said it, too.

Isn't it amazing how some people don't want that bishop's decree exposed? I hope the people of the diocese write to the Pope.

Unitas said...

You are quite right, those are Chrysostom's words :)