Priest Removed for Traditional Mass

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This turned up on my news feed this week

The US bishops are confused. One has had a priest removed for traditional Mass. That is to say, Bishop Walter Hurley of the Archdiocese of Saginaw, Michigan, removed Fr. Edwin Dwyer from Our Lady of Peace Parish. For trying to incorporate more traditional elements into the liturgy. Elements approved by Vatican II and Pope Francis, by the way.

Keep in mind that this Parochial Administrator (formerly known as Pastor) was merely trying to add back in the use of incense, bells, the traditional cassocks, the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, as well as some Gregorian chant. The Vatican and the General Instructions of the Roman Missal strongly recommend this. He is not trying to go back to the complete Latin (Tridentine) Mass. I have been to the Latin Mass. I can attest that it would not be advantageous to return to its use exclusively. Though I can see its value as a regular option in certain areas of the country. I have also experienced the “more traditional” mass that Fr. Dwyer describes. I have to say that it is the most reverent, inspiring, fulfilling, spiritual uplift I can get for my week.

These changes work!

When I was a music minister in Arizona, a new, young priest came in and made similar changes. This caused an uproar at the main church and letters were written to the bishop. In this case, our pastor was supported by the bishop and by the 2 mission churches he also administered. Attendance increased dramatically at all 3 churches, as well as contributions. RCIA classes (adult instruction for baptism) also grew to require additional teachers. Our hispanic population, which had felt neglected and spurned, returned in force. This effect continued through the administrations of the next 2 pastors.

Are our bishops afraid?

Two weeks ago another bishop hastened to appease a Native American activist by apologizing for the actions of some Catholic high school students on the March for Life before he had all the facts. Another refuses to excommunicate the Governor of New York for signing a law legalizing the murder of premature babies who can live outside the womb.

Whoa! maybe I should check my facts about Archbishop Dolan/Governor Cuomo

All eyes are on us

Some of our bishops have the courage to proclaim the love of Jesus, under fire, in the public square. You give me hope. For those of you who curry favor for whatever reason, I am ashamed of you. I realize none of us, or you, are perfect. But we are all in the public square now. What happens in an obscure corner will come to light everywhere. Our church leaders need to lead, even when it is unpopular. Not cower before public, or financially driven, opinion.

Let’s support this young priest, not replace him!

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2 Comments

  • Birgit Jones February 8, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for linking to my post about the smells and bells on Catholic Stand. Like you, I am apalled at what has happened to this good and faithful priest. These days, even following Vatican II to the letter is not enough for the radical liberal entities in our church.
    Birgit J
    http://www.catholiclifeinourtimes.com

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  • Robyn February 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Birgit, you bet! I’m glad I found your article and blog.

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