Skip to comments.Pontifical TLM in Washington DC Cancelled (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 03/11/2011 7:35:02 AM PST by Pyro7480
Keep in mind that the Pontifical Mass was to be celebrated in honor of the anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict. This year will also bring the 60th Jubilee of the Holy Father's ordination.
The Paulus Institute had organized the Lenten Mass in honor of the Holy Father on the sixth anniversary of his election to the papacy. It was to have been the second such Mass, the first having been offered at the National Shrine last year before a capacity congregation of over 4,000. Unfortunately, this year’s scheduled celebrant, Archbishop Augustine DiNoia of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome, withdrew his acceptance of our invitation as a result of changed circumstances.It seems the Archdiocese of Washington DC did not want the Mass to be celebrated.
Although the Paulus Institute has worked for the past several weeks to proceed with the Mass in the end we were unable to obtain the necessary permission.
“We deeply regret this turn of events, said Paul King, president of The Paulus Institute. We are very disappointed, well aware that thousands of Catholics throughout the United States have made plans to attend. Countless others around the world would have watched and prayed with the EWTN broadcast and wanted the DVD.
This conclusion is most unfortunate, but we are not standing still. We are looking forward to a number of activities and events for the future, both near and long term.
The Paulus Institute offers its encouragement to those faithful new to the traditional form of the Mass and those familiar with it. As Pope Benedict has said, what was sacred before remains sacred now.” What nourished the saints of the last thousand years still nourishes us today.
I don't, however, understand how this meshes with the somewhat independent status of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
I’m thinking the culprit is really these guys: **The Paulus Institute**
No, the Paulus Institute is the organizing group!
Cardinal Wuerl, on the other hand is fighting the TLM, and will not permit any celebrations of it without his express and written permission.
I wonder if this is the public face of a private rebuke. If so, we may see a reversal or announcement of a new date.
OK, Weurl makes sense. (But not really if he is the one putting the brakes on this. Like you said, Mark, we may see a reversal of this.
Oh, this is bad news! I was hoping to make the trip down to DC for it.
You can still see cherry blossoms!
As much as I love the cherry blossoms there is no substitute for the Mass of the Ages! Oh well, I can also visit Old St. Mary’s on Sunday morning.
Donald Cardinal Wuerl, worst in show of the remaining American cardinals who are active as diocesan ordinaries, will turn 75 and be required to submit his resignation as DC Archbishop on November 12, 2015. With good fortune, that resignation will be accepted immediately and he will be replaced by a Catholic. Not that I am counting the days or anything.
Very good. I agree with you - the last five years have seen a substantial decline in the numbers of openly apostate bishops, Wuerl was never a leader, but here he has simply outlasted his worse brethren. Would that God bless us with Catholic bishops...
However, with the Vatican slowly zeroing in on the USCCB and ridding it of its heretics and non Catholics, we have greater hope now than at any time since the gutting of the Church as a result of Vatican II.