Monday, February 27, 2023

Following my last post

This blog which usually gets between 40 and 60 hits a day has had over 2000 hits since Saturday and has unsurprisingly created a lot of interest. The Diocesan Communications Officer received a text from Christopher Lamb, the Editor of the Tablet asking if what I had written was true. She asked me to respond to Mr. Lamb and I am reproducing what I wrote to him below. I have also been in contact with the bishop on several occasions since and when he rang me on Saturday he asked me to speak to the congregation after the Mass yesterday at St. Patrick's, as he was unable to attend himself due to being at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral later that afternoon. I am very grateful to him for his obvious concern and his desire to help us make the best of a bad job. 

The Communications Officer took this photograph of some of the congregation with Fr. Winn following my announcement after Mass. Many people there expressed dismay at the new regulations from Rome but also their gratitude at things being able to continue as usual at St. Patrick's. 

My response to the Tablet:

My statement about cancellation of Masses in parish churches across the diocese is sadly true. 

Providentially the bishop had already moved the celebration of the Extraordinary Form Mass from the parish church of St. Joseph’s, Bradford to a church in the care of a Rector who was freely appointed by him which was the redundant parish church of St. Patrick’s, also in Bradford. The bishop did not and does not therefore need to seek a dispensation from the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for permission for the 1962 Missal at this church.

The norms of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes state that parish churches ‘ecclesiis paroecialibus’ (Art.3 §2) may not be designated by the diocesan bishop for celebrations of Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal for the benefit of groups of the faithful.

The bishop did, however, give temporary dispensations to some priests to continue to celebrate the old Mass in their churches within their parishes as they had done under the permission given in Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum.

The recent rescript from Cardinal Roche confirmed that such dispensations are now “reserved in a special way to the Apostolic See”. Consequently, in light of this latest directive those temporary permissions had to be revoked. Some, I am sure, will argue that the bishop did this with undue haste, but I know that he took this action with a view to ensuring that all current and future provision for the celebrations of Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal in his diocese would be undertaken in accordance with the wishes of Pope Francis and the canonical faculties available to him as a diocesan bishop, and that this is the surest way of securing such future provision.

I have spoken at length with the bishop about these changes and he assures me that he intends to do all within his power as bishop to continue to provide for the legitimate spiritual needs in this diocese of those groups of the faithful who remain attached to the celebration of Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal.

Other than at St Patrick’s in Bradford, this may mean looking at alternative venues to the parish churches previously used in the diocese. However, he has also pointed out that it is not easy to designate existing churches as non-parochial since most of them form part of the patrimony of an existing parish and have their own juridic personality in Canon Law; nevertheless, I understand that he will be exploring all possibilities.

 As I put in my original post, it had generally been assumed that the so-called liturgy wars were at an end and things had been running very smoothly in this diocese with the two forms of the Roman Rite peacefully co-existing. Without exception all the celebrants of the vetus ordo Masses were also celebrants of the novus ordo Mass of Pope Paul VI. Sadly, that peace has now been shattered and has left a bitter taste in people’s mouths, not only in Yorkshire, but across the world.


Saturday, February 25, 2023

Feed my sheep.

It is with a very heavy heart and no little dismay that I have to announce that Bishop Stock has, in light of the latest directives from Rome, been forced to rescind previous permissions for Masses offered in parishes across the diocese. This will take force from 27th. February.

Fortunately for us, in this diocese, the regular Masses at St. Patrick's, Westgate, Bradford WILL continue and are unaffected by this vicious new legislation. Dismay from priests who do not even offer the Traditional Mass has been palpable and I have been gratified by direct and indirect messages of support from these priests. The absurd unfairness of the whole business is a common theme in things which have been said to me. Everybody thought the liturgical wars were a thing of the past, thanks to Ratzinger's Summorum Pontificum.

I am ashamed that the author of this wicked new document is a former bishop of this diocese and I cannot help but wonder what Bishop Wheeler would have made of it.

One might have thought that driving something underground is the surest way to ensure its survival and moreover its growth, as history has shown from early Masses in the catacombs of Rome, to recusant Masses in penal times and even the very existence of Catholicism in the former Eastern bloc countries.

Bergolio's little present of 2021 in the form of Traditiones Custodes stated:

Art. 2. It belongs to the diocesan bishop, as moderator, promoter, and guardian of the whole liturgical life of the particular Church entrusted to him, [5] to regulate the liturgical celebrations of his diocese. [6] Therefore, it is his exclusive competence to authorize the use of the 1962 Roman Missal in his diocese, according to the guidelines of the Apostolic See.

Now the diocesan bishop is no longer the one able to regulate those liturgical celebrations and that he is no longer able to authorise the use of the 1962 missal according to the guidelines of the Apostolic See. Why might this be the case?  Is the concept of the hermeneutic of continuity now discredited in the Nu- church? Did Bergolio and his acolytes think the bishops would jump at the chance to extirpate the old Mass from their sees and then become even more peevish when it dawned on them that most, but not all of them, actually didn't? 

God help and save us!

Monday, February 20, 2023

Week beginning 20th. February


Lent begins this week. Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.
Masses this week:

Tuesday- 6.00 p.m. St Ignatius, Ossett
Ash Wednesday - 5.00 p.m. St. Patrick's, Westgate, Bradford
Thursday - 9.30 a.m. St. Anthony's, Clayton, Bradford
                - 7.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract
Friday - 7.30 p.m. St. Austin's, Wakefield
Sunday - 8.30 a.m. St Ignatius, Ossett
             - 1.00 p.m. St. Patrick's, Westgate, Bradford

Confessions usually available at call

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Week beginning 13th February


One or two differences to the regular schedule:

Tuesday - No Mass
Wednesday - 6.30 p.m. St Winefride's, Wibsey
Thursday - 9.30 a.m. St. Anthony's, Clayton
                  No Mass at Pontefract
Friday - 7.30 p.m. St. Austin's, Wakefield
Sunday - 8.30 a.m. St. Ignatius, Ossett
             - 1.00 p.m. St. Patrick's Westgate, Bradford

Confessions usually available at call.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Week beginning 6th February


This Sunday is the second of the -gesima Sundays:

Tuesday - 6.00 p.m. St Ignatius, Ossett

Wednesday - 6.30 p.m. St. Winefride's, Wibsey

Thursday - 9.30 a.m. St Anthony's, Clayton

                - 7.00 p.m. St Joseph's, Pontefract

Friday -  7.30 p.m. St. Austin's, Wakefield

Sunday - 8.30 a.m. St Ignatius, Ossett

             - 1.00 p.m. St Patrick's, Bradford

Confessions at call.