Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cardinal Mahony and Sacred Liturgy-Keep Them Out of the Same Sentence!

La Stampa has an article HERE where His Excellency, José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, defends the right of His Eminence, Roger Cardinal Mahony, the Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles to vote in the conclave. No one argues that he has lost that right. As someone elevated to the cardinalate, that is pretty much his only task.

However, Archbishop Gomez stripped his predecessor of his administrative duties in the diocese. If he can't even help run a diocese, I see no reason for him to represent his diocese among the Roman clergy albeit the honorary Roman clergy and select the Supreme Pontiff.

I said 'Supreme Pontiff' instead of one of his other titles because a motu proprio ( 'on his own authority,' a document issued by the Pope by virtue of his papal authority, which does among other things, makes minor changes to the law and allows for particular practices. One such letter was issued in 2007 (thank you so much for this, Holy Father!) and is entitled Summorum Pontificum, or "Of the Supreme Pontiffs." In this document, Pope Benedict lifted the remaining restrictions- for the most part, anyways- on the celebration of the Church's sacraments and rites according to the traditional Latin rubrics, replaced from 1965-1969 with what wound up being the Novus Ordo.  

Archbishop Gomez, while in San Antonio said this:
"will open up great possibilities for reconciliation and unity with those who have shown great devotion to the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970." ... "People will be able to more clearly see the growth and progress we have realized since Vatican II, while at the same time preserving the rich heritage and legacy of the Church."

But this is what happens in LA in regards to liturgy, and exported 'round the nation. (Brace yourselves, the conference is coming soon. Echoing Our Lady of La Salette, Fr. Z calls it the Three Days of Darkness.)

This is Cardinal Mahony's legacy...

Now, this is what his colleague to the north, His Excellency Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, does.

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