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Who Is Bishop Michael Olson?
The Remnant ^ | 3/7/14 | Peter Crenshaw

Posted on 03/08/2014 2:10:44 PM PST by BlatherNaut

Video Broadcast Introduces Bishop Olson In His Own Words On November 19, 2013 Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Michael Olson as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth. As the Dallas Diocesan newspaper reports:

Bishop-elect Olson earned bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy in 1988 and 1989, respectively, from the Catholic University of America. He also has degrees (M.Div. and M.A.) in theological studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston…On May 6, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the Papal Honor of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of “monsignor.” In March 2011 he successfully earned his doctorate in moral theology at the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome…

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Thus, as far as credentials go, Bishop Olson may be near the top of his class of bishops in knowledge and study of Catholic theology. In addition, Bishop Olson has not only been a student of theology, but a teacher. As a monsignor, Fr. Olson lectured on theology at the university level for five years. Even more, he was entrusted with the position of rector at the diocesan seminary, responsible for the theological formation of dozens of future priests in the Fort Worth area.

As most readers know, Bishop Olson made headlines recently when he wrote a letter to the President of Fisher-More College, forbidding the Traditional Mass on campus. Further, Bishop Olson explicitly stated he was taking this action, at least in part, for the sake of the President’s soul. Thus, besides the canonical questions, Catholics today are faced with a more serious question. How is it possible that Bishop Olson, possessing such a vast theological education at prestigious Catholic institutions, believes the Traditional Mass, an immemorial and sacred Rite of the Church, can, in any way, serve as a detriment to someone’s soul?

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1 posted on 03/08/2014 2:10:44 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

A friend of mine, who works for the Diocese of Fort Worth, said he thought the new bishop was quite good.


2 posted on 03/08/2014 2:30:56 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: BlatherNaut

Here is a different take on the situation:

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2969/bishop_of_fort_worth_draws_the_line.aspx#.UxuZfoW2FzU

I am not familiar with the facts beyond what I have read, and don’t have an opinion.


3 posted on 03/08/2014 2:35:06 PM PST by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo
A modicum of background information shows that the Ordinary’s letter was fair and prudent.

It is unclear how depriving "a stable group of faithful" of their preferred rite is either fair or prudent in this case. It would be helpful if the bishop would explain his reasoning.

4 posted on 03/08/2014 2:56:20 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut
How is it possible that Bishop Olson, possessing such a vast theological education at prestigious Catholic institutions, believes the Traditional Mass, an immemorial and sacred Rite of the Church, can, in any way, serve as a detriment to someone’s soul?

Per Council of Trent:

“If anyone says that the ceremonies, vestments and outward signs, which the Catholic Church uses in the celebration of Masses, are incentives to impiety rather than the service of piety: let him be anathema.”

5 posted on 03/08/2014 4:46:33 PM PST by piusv
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To: SpirituTuo

I recommend you broaden your reading material. It might help you reach an opinion.


6 posted on 03/08/2014 5:12:40 PM PST by ebb tide
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To: BlatherNaut
>>In addition to Pope Francis, there has been another prelate gaining notoriety recently; the Pope’s foremost advisor, Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga. Just last year, shortly before Msgr. Olson’s appointment to the See of Fort Worth, the Cardinal spoke at the nearby University of Dallas. This is the university where seminarians would study theology when Msgr. Olson was rector. Perhaps Msgr. Olson was there that day, I’m not certain. What I am certain of is what Cardinal Maradiaga said:<<

>>The Second Vatican Council was the main event in the Church in the 20th Century. In principle, it meant an end to the hostilities between the Church and modernism, which was condemned in the First Vatican Council.<<

Maradiaga is not only head of Francis’ Gang o’ Eight; he has sided with Kasper in attacking Cardinal Mueller's defense of the indissolubility of marriage. Maradiaga has said Mueller needs to “loosen up” on that doctrine.

7 posted on 03/08/2014 5:21:03 PM PST by ebb tide
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To: BlatherNaut

Very surreal reading this article here, he is the brother of a childhood friend. He is a wonderful man that comes from a wonderful family.

I have had many problems with the Catholic church with all of the abuse to children, Bishop Olson restores my faith in the church and hopefully he can make it a safer place for children.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 6:47:22 PM PST by mrsadams
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To: BlatherNaut; ebb tide

Although I am not certain, I have a sense of what appears to be going on, though additional evidence could change my mind.

Both the Tridentine and Novus Ordo are licit forms of the Mass. However, to offer the Tridentine Mass publicly requires a few extra steps, so to speak.

Unity is a requirement of the Church, and any intentionally actions to create disunity are forbidden.

Having read some comments about the Franciscan case, and now this case, a concern mentioned was that those offering the Tridentine Mass were using the form as a sort of protest, almost a passive-aggressive statement.

If, and a big if, that is the case, it would make sense for the local ordinary to forbid it use, by the “offending” parties, though not for the diocese as a whole.

Alternatively, if the bishop just doesn’t like the Tridentine Mass and is forbidding it for non-Canonical reasons, that is a different story.

Generally speaking, however, I tend to side with the local ordinary, as he bears the greater responsibility and is also to be afforded obedience.


9 posted on 03/08/2014 6:50:09 PM PST by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo; ebb tide; BlatherNaut

Funny, there was no concern for disunity when there was one Mass in the Roman Rite. But then the reformers in Vatican II HAD to overhaul that ONE Mass.


10 posted on 03/09/2014 6:56:44 AM PDT by piusv
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To: piusv

How is that relevant to this discussion?


11 posted on 03/09/2014 12:41:16 PM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo
Because of these comments of yours:

Unity is a requirement of the Church, and any intentionally actions to create disunity are forbidden. Having read some comments about the Franciscan case, and now this case, a concern mentioned was that those offering the Tridentine Mass were using the form as a sort of protest, almost a passive-aggressive statement. If, and a big if, that is the case, it would make sense for the local ordinary to forbid it use, by the “offending” parties, though not for the diocese as a whole.

12 posted on 03/09/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT by piusv
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To: piusv

Let’s stick to the case in question.

Regarding Vatican II, are you a sedevacantist, or do you just disagree with its outcomes?

If you are a sedevacantist, there is no point in this discussion. If you aren’t, then your questions about unity in Vatican II are not relevant in this case.

Either way, the issue under consideration is one college and one bishop.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 1:15:11 PM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo; piusv

If you had done any checking on Fisher-More College, you would have seen that their whole raison d’etre is Traditional Catholic life. They advertise that they teach in the traditional manner (liberal arts) and that they are conservative. The parents trust that the College will provide their children the foundation for life that they desire for their children. For the Bishop to deprive them of the Traditional Mass goes against the whole philosophy of the College. How in the world is that just?


14 posted on 03/09/2014 1:37:35 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: SpirituTuo; piusv
a concern mentioned was that those offering the Tridentine Mass were using the form as a sort of protest, almost a passive-aggressive statement

That's a nebulous charge at best. What are the criteria used to arrive at the conclusion that some are offering the TLM as a protest? This appears to be an attempt to draw a line between those who prefer the TLM for aesthetic reasons and those who prefer it for theological reasons, with the latter classified as "protesters". Many who are initially drawn by the "smells and bells" are inspired to further investigation, read a comparative study of the TLM vs. the Novus Ordo Missae and after examining the various deletions and insertions, come to the logical conclusion that the Novus Ordo is more theologically in line with Protestantism. They then go on to examine and question Vatican II. It's hardly a conscious form of protest, but apparently it's convenient for progressives to construe it that way, particularly as an excuse for putting restrictions on the TLM. Of course the priests and laity who are violently opposed to the TLM are never accused of being passive aggressive protesters. Such charges only cut one way.

Generally speaking, however, I tend to side with the local ordinary, as he bears the greater responsibility and is also to be afforded obedience.

Questioning the actions of bishops is not disobedient. The faithful are entitled to proper pastoral care and fair and honest treatment from bishops. The sex abuse cover-up and other scandals involving bishops and cardinals proves beyond a doubt that we shouldn't automatically side with the local ordinary. We need to know the facts.

15 posted on 03/09/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: SpirituTuo; piusv
Regarding Vatican II, are you a sedevacantist, or do you just disagree with its outcomes?

You apparently don't understand the definition of sedevacantist. I recommend you look it up. It has nothing to do with "purely pastoral" councils.

16 posted on 03/09/2014 3:11:48 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: BlatherNaut; piusv; ebb tide

We seem to be getting off track.

The question is whether the bishop was right in telling the college it couldn’t have TLM, after having it for many years.

The bishop made this change after a personal meeting with Mr. King, the president of the college.

Unfortunately, he didn’t go into details as why he took this action.

The only other facts we have are those provided by Dr. Taylor Marshall, who resigned in 2013. He makes accusations about improper financial dealings, the leaving of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), and public remarks by one FM’s professors Dr. Dudley.

So, how do we judge who was right and who was wrong? What are the measures we use to make that decision?


17 posted on 03/09/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo
So, how do we judge who was right and who was wrong? What are the measures we use to make that decision?

Bishop Olson has written a letter implying that the TLM is dangerous to the souls at FMC, has taken it from them, and has limited them to the Ordinary Form. Although he hasn't bothered to share his rationale, his implication that the TLM could be a cause of harm is horrible on its face.

18 posted on 03/09/2014 5:07:26 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: SpirituTuo

The same clergy and laity who so adamant in replacing the old rite, regardless of the views of most of the laity and clergy, also refused to affirm Pope Paul’s teaching on contraception. I was in favor of liturgical reform and was at the time ambivalent on the issue of birth control. But looking, I do not see how their actions promoted the unity of the Church. I agree with Pope Benedict in seeing it, rather, as a departure from unity, and the planting of trees that have produced a lot of bad fruit.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 6:02:12 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: SpirituTuo

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to judge by the weapon the bishop has used and the even more severe weapon he has further threatened to use. There’s not an ounce of charity in his actions.

Equating the offering of the TLM as a cause for criticism of VC II or criticism of JP II doing blasphemous acts such as kissing a Koran, or asking St. John the Baptist to protect Islam, is just juvenile. It shows the bishop has absolutely no respect for the TLM and considers it a threat to his own petty and narrow ideas of Catholicism.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 6:10:32 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide; RobbyS; BlatherNaut

Thank you all for your comments.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: SpirituTuo
Having read some comments about the Franciscan case, and now this case, a concern mentioned was that those offering the Tridentine Mass were using the form as a sort of protest, almost a passive-aggressive statement.

Even if this were so, how would it ever be a cause for the restriction of the Mass? Just consider how many parishes out there use their Mass as a protest in some manner. There was a bit of a kerfuffle recently when the Archbolds pointed out a parish in Wisconsin which was run by a deacon and promoted all sorts of dubious ideas with their celebration of the Mass. Now, I wonder just why we never hear about the ordinary there, or anywhere else where such silly things are being preached or acted out, banning the Novus Ordo for that church. Isn't it strange that all the fruitcake nominally Catholic communities out there which make the Novus Ordo into a massive joke, or certainly try, and cause scandals galore with their abuses, never get their Mass banned?

Here where I live three of our five churches are simply unrecognizable as Catholic, being rife with error and abuse, and the others aren't winning any awards for orthodoxy. And we have no traditional churches. But, are we to believe that of the almost 90 parishes in Fort Worth this little traditional chapel is the only one engaging in dubious preaching and actions? Or even that their TLM is the most dangerous one in that diocese for the souls of the faithful? No, sorry, but I don't buy it. And yet I guarantee we won't see a single church which uses their Novus Ordo as a protest, or as a means of preaching error or encouraging heteropraxis, get their Mass banned in that diocese. Not one. I would love to know why that is.

22 posted on 03/09/2014 6:53:58 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: SpirituTuo

Thank-you for making my morning on this comment. God Bless.


23 posted on 03/10/2014 3:52:35 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: BlatherNaut

How can the Bishop do that after Pope Benedict said in “Summorum Pontificum” that no priest needs permission from anyone to offer the TLM?


24 posted on 03/10/2014 7:28:19 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret
How can the Bishop do that after Pope Benedict said in “Summorum Pontificum” that no priest needs permission from anyone to offer the TLM?

He can use the letter of the law to do an end run around the spirit of the law. FMC has a private chapel and he can withhold the Eucharist from those who worship there. Apparently using the Eucharist as a "weapon against" pro-abortion politicians is considered unacceptable by bishops, but using the Eucharist as a weapon against those who prefer the TLM is a legitimate tactic. The hypocrisy on display here is stunning.

25 posted on 03/10/2014 7:55:34 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

Is FMC a part of the Diocese or are they independent?


26 posted on 03/10/2014 8:08:03 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

“The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (commonly Fisher More College or Fisher More Catholic College) is a private Catholic liberal arts college based in Fort Worth, Texas.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_College_of_Saints_John_Fisher_%26_Thomas_More


27 posted on 03/10/2014 11:09:48 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

Just because it’s in the Diocese of Ft. Worth doesn’t necessarily mean that it is under the control of the Diocese.

They need to appeal to a higher court - like Cardinal Burke at the Apostlic Signatura. He will have the answer as to whether the Bishop’s actions are legitimate or not according to Canon Law.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 11:22:02 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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