Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bishop to Pope: Take a flying leap

~from Summorum Pontificum
NAPLES - He is known as the bishop of tolerance. Of immigrants. Of deprived persons. He has opened diocesan structures for Muslims to say their Friday prayers, and Ukrainian/Moldavian Orthodox to use for their worship.

But now he has prohibited the celebration of the 1962 Mass restored as of September 14 by Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

With a telephone call, Mons. Raffaele Nogaro ordered the rector of the Shrine of Sant'Anna in Caserta, Don Giovanni Battista Gionti, to stop the Mass he was planning to celebrate at 8 p.m. today.

"This case has nothing to do with tolerance," Nogaro said later.

"The Mass in Latin is a distortion of religious fact. Not even university professors who teach Latin pray in Latin. It is not an appropriate instrument for establishing a true relationship with God. To help people to pray is an honorable effort. That is what I try to do in allowing the Tent of Abraham to be used by Muslims and the chapel next to the Cathedral, to be used by the Orthodox.

"But to assail the faithful with sacred images, theatrical choreography and esthetic embellishments does the opposite. The faithful should be offered something valid and educational, not an occasion for disorientation. In short, murmuring prayers in Latin is good for nothing."

Strong words. A clear dissociation from Pope Benedict XVI's decree regarding the traditional Mass.

"The authority for the theological, liturgical and moral correctness of a diocese is the bishop," Nogaro continued, "even if the Pope has decreed an opening in favor of other rites. I am the only bishop in Campania who has asserted this so far to control the application of the Papal decree.

"Besides, the request of 30-40 persons is not sufficient in order for the traditional Mass to be celebrated. The parish priest is obliged to report it to his bishop. And I was never informed."
Dear Bishop Nogaro, please ponder on the meaning of the words "summorum pontificum" and what being in communion with the Vicar of Christ means. Then you might try actually reading Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio. And then there's this problematic thing called the internet.


Quantitative Metathesis said...

*throws smoking thuribles at Bishop Nogaro's head*

Perhaps all the parish priests in his diocese might try diligently reporting every single Mass they celebrate to their unfortunately misinformed Bishop, just to make sure he knows about and approves of all the thousands of them per week. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I guess 'murmuring' in Arabic is therefore 'something valid and educational'. . . ?