Monday, 3 March 2014
The Francis effect...
Canon 838 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law states quite clearly:
Within the limits of his competence, it belongs to the diocesan Bishop to lay down in the Church entrusted to his care, liturgical regulations which are binding on all.
So what is the problem? The bishop is clearly acting lawfully and in the interests of the unity of faith and has said that there is a "TLM" already provided in another locale of the diocese. Let the students go thither if they want that rubbish! But I was forgetting Summorum Pontificum, that sloppy document which set the authority of bishops at naught. But what does that matter these days? That was seven years ago; this is now, the trendy, relevant reign of pope Francis. If it transpires that the students of Fisher More College, them that are attached to the TLM, make an appeal to Rome, who's going to care? Certainly not pope Francis! As I said in my previous post, nothing accentuates the fallacy of the traditionalist position more than the present incumbent of the Roman see!
May I offer my sincerest congratulations to Bishop Olson for this wise move and express my hope that other diocesan bishops, acting lawfully according to their authority within their own dioceses, follow his apostolic and Christ-like example.