Wednesday, 28 November 2007

They had every opportunity - but now we have no other choice but to complain.

Damian Thompson - Editor in Chief of The Catholic Herald , Owner of the Holy Smoke Blog and Modern day Victor Hugo has composed his "J'accuse" and sent it to 'Ecclesia Dei'...Here it is straight from the horse's mouth:

I’ve just written a letter to the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of the Pope’s liberation of the Latin Mass, complaining about the English bishops’ disastrous attempts to block the reform. I urge you all to do the same – there isn’t any time to lose.

Catholics should write to the Vatican to defend the Pope's reforms

Letters should be addressed to:
HE Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos,
Ecclesia Dei,
Palazzo della CDF,
00193 Roma,
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11.

He needs to know just how serious the situation has become.

You do not have to be a fan of the Tridentine liturgy in order to make a protest. What is at issue here is obedience to the Pope – and truthfulness.

Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum gives parishes the right to choose the ancient liturgy, now known as the Extraordinary Form (EF). Yet English bishops, including the Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of Leeds, are behaving as if power to grant permission for the EF is still in their hands.

Their unhelpful attitude (to put it mildly) is sowing confusion among the faithful and causing great distress. Moreover, there are reports that the English bishops have consulted their own canon lawyer to see how they can get round the Pope’s ruling. That’s disgraceful.

Cardinal Castillon Hoyos is head of the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei, which has the final say in these matters and is drawing up guidelines to clarify Summorum Pontificum. If you care about this subject, write to His Eminence now, using measured language, so that he realises the gravity of the situation in England and Wales.

I am about to follow suit by composing my own diatribe - but I urge everyone to please pray for all involved in this regrettable state of affairs - We may all desire Peace and Unity - but the price of a compromised Church which defies the successor of Peter is too high and utterly unacceptable.


WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Hope springs eternal.
I wish the Vatican didn't behave so much like an Ent Moot 'Don't be hasty' -I wish sometimes there was more than words. I wish we had a hope of a strong Cardinal after CMO'C retires...
My wish list for Christmas it seems.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't it Emil Zola who said "j'accuse," not Victor Hugo?

On the side of the angels said...

Kinda: Zola wrote a J'accuse about Dreyfus - but he wasn't the first to use the term - Victor Hugo wrote a J'accuse about Napoleon's exile to St Helena