Cardinal Booted as TLM Celebrant

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.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Cardinal Booted as TLM Celebrant

  1. Sam Schmitt says:

    If you look more closely at the story (which is not perfectly clear) it seems that the Cardinal was NOT advocating “not turning in a priest sex predator to secular authorities.”

    Evidently the Cardinal’s praised a priest who refused to break the seal of confession and who was put in prison for it.

  2. Dr. K,, D.A. says:

    We had a problem here in Philadelphia with the Episcopal Bishop Bennison covering up the sexual relationship of his brother and a young woman a number of years ago. When Bennison found out about it ( his brother was 22 or 23) he put a stop to it. The woman who was then in a very consensual relationship with the young Bennison thinks the now Bishop should have told her parents. Now is shift the blame time to the Episcopal Bishop. Bishop Bennison says he did the right thing according to the practices of the times – now the poor guy is being hounded for it – by his own church. When I watched the SUMMER OF 42 – it was a coming of age film. The reader was similar – yet different. Adults do not accept that some children are quite sexual. When I was at one parish, one of my teenage boys who was a junior in high school came right out and told me – almost pleading, “I want to go to bed with you.” I told him that that was not possible – actually I was at loss for words. How many were asked that
    question and liked the kid, and were personally homosexual.( and being sued, because the “abused” feels guilty.”

  3. ND says:

    Dr. K,
    Note that the “young woman” was very young indeed: 14. Too young to have a consensual relationship.

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