The Church Courtyard > General Catholic Discussion

Houston, We Have a Problem: The Latin Mass

(1/2) > >>


The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas is the fifth largest diocese in the U.S., a result of the explosive growth around the City of Houston -- the fourth largest city in the U.S. -- and its surrounding counties.  It has a massive priest shortage, with just 150 active archdiocesan priests of the 435 priests serving, retired or residing in the 146-parish archdiocese.  There are 411 "permanent deacons" in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

In recent years the archbishop, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had been friendly toward those who worship at the traditional Latin Mass.  He established a personal parish in 2011.  Led by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, Regina Caeli parish has been enormously successful.  Each time this writer visits Regina Caeli there seem to be dozens more families and young adults at Mass there.

A handful of other parishes around the archdiocese have introduced the traditional Latin Mass into their liturgical life, including some with regularly scheduled Sunday TLMs.  Sadly, this will change due to news announced today.

For some inexplicable reason, Cardinal DiNardo announced on September 1st he has suppressed traditional Latin Masses at three of the four diocesan parishes that have been offering the TLM.  Moreover, he has banned all other sacraments using the old books outside of the one personal parish in the archdiocese.

Locals cannot point to a problem that warranted this harsh response to Pope Francis' recent motu proprio.  Most other U.S. bishops, archbishops and cardinals have granted explicit permission for all TLMs in their dioceses to continue as usual.

But not in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Saint Theresa's in Sugar Land has had the traditional Latin Mass over the span of the last three pastors of the suburban parish.  It currently has a TLM three times per week, including every Sunday.  Its Sunday TLM is now banned, and its weekday TLMs are to be cut by 75%.  Moreover, it is 28 miles from Regina Caeli, the FSSP's personal parish.  With Houston's increasingly congested traffic, that is a long drive.

Prince of Peace church in Houston has a traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  Its Sunday TLM is now banned. Showing no mercy whatsoever, Cardinal DiNardo has even prohibited a weekday TLM there.

Saint Bartholomew in Katy started TLMs last year.  Cardinal DiNardo, extending so much charity, will allow them to have two weekday TLMs per month.

Cardinal Cupich did not go this far.  Cardinal Tobin did not go this far.  Cardinal O'Malley did not go this far.  For some reason, Cardinal DiNardo -- considered by most to be much friendlier toward tradition -- was the first U.S. cardinal to restrict the traditional Latin Mass.  The question that should be asked of him is:  Why?  Of all the problems in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston -- and there are many -- why are a handful of traditional Latin Masses such a high priority to restrict?

Furthermore, why does Cardinal DiNardo grant permission for protestants to use his cathedral for their "ordinations" but Catholics who attend the traditional Latin Mass cannot worship using the 1962 books at their parish?

Mr. Mysterious:
My guess (and I emphasize the word guess) is:

1)Either someone got to him
2)Someone blackmailed him
3)Or he was putting on a front of being tradition friendly for a long time and showed his true colors.

Several years ago, Fr. Stephen at St. Maximillian Kolbe shrine in Libertyville told mass attendees to cease praying the St. Michael prayer and Hail Mary after mass because he didn't want other people's private prayer "disturbed." At the time I thought he'd made it up, but it's clear to me now this wasn't his idea, it must have come from Cupich. Time passed. Eventually Fr. Steve left, and we got a new rector who reinstated the prayers. We've been fine ever since.

Now comes this at a Libertyville novus ordo parish not far from me. They must have had a visit from Cupich. The congregation got mad, and out comes news stories denying that it ever happened. It actually happened and it was captured on livestream mass. The pastor deleted the livestream.  Don't believe the denials. What the congregation should do is stay after mass and recite it loudly in defiance. If the pastor and Cupich don't like it, tell them the parishioners will withhold their envelopes until it's restored, and if they threaten to shut they parish down, parishioners will sue on the first amendment.

Can't be trad friendly and expect to become a Cardinal these days. Too much chance they'll vote for a Catholic in a conclave.


--- Quote from: Mr. Mysterious on September 02, 2021, 02:40:29 PM ---My guess (and I emphasize the word guess) is:

1)Either someone got to him
2)Someone blackmailed him
3)Or he was putting on a front of being tradition friendly for a long time and showed his true colors.

--- End quote ---

Given high quality people like Coccopalmerio, the first two can be relied upon. High moral character and getting advancement in that world is two different things. Obviously 3 doesn't apply with Cocco, but a good many diocesan bishops do not hate the traditional Mass, but have a very flawed pedigree.


[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

There was an error while thanking
Go to full version