Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (on the end of that cappa magna, above) won’t be front and center at the high altar on Saturday at the National Shrine. A firestorm developed around his advocacy of not turning in a priest sex predator to secular authorities. Somebody pulled the plug on his appearance, but it seemingly wasn’t the archdiocese or the Vatican. From the sponsors:
This action (replacing the cardinal) will help maintain the solemnity, reverence and beauty of the Mass. We are in the process of seeking another bishop to celebrate a Pontifical Solemn Mass on Saturday and are confident that one will agree. However, in any event, a beautiful, dignified traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated.
Don’t complain to Archbishop Wuerl, one source said:
Washington archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Gibbs told CNS April 20 she didn’t expect Archbishop Wuerl to intercede, because “cardinals have universal faculties and the archdiocese is not a sponsor of this event.”
I’m surprised at the sea change on this issue over the past eight years. Then, the best a disgruntled laity could expect is a bump to a senior post in Rome. Today, a cardinal is sacked from an appearance, and the organizers are visibly relieved. My sense is that more and more people in the hierarchy are getting it. I disagree with SNAP’s disappointment that a public action and reprimand from the Vatican or from the Archbishop of Washington. If the lay people in charge of this event disinvited, good for them. That’s not a bad use of the power of choice. And if Archbishop Wuerl or someone in the CDF made a few calls, it’s not that important that we know that. What is important is that the cardinals (and brother bishops) follow the “cardinal rules.” The laity will take it from there.