And it shows a lot of silence.
When a majority of priests are unhappy about something as important as the Missal, the situation calls for creative leadership and constructive responses. It is not clear, however, whether those in positions of authority are ready or willing to respond.
Those declining to comment:
- Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, director of the office of the BCDW at the USCCB
- Bishop Gregory Aymond, chair of the BCDW
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, incoming chair of the BCDW
Not replying to a request for comment were:
- Bishop Arthur Seratelli, former chair of the BCDW and current chair of ICEL
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB
- Cardinal Francis George, former USCCB president under whom the implementation date was set
- Cardinal George Pell, chair of Vox Clara
- Msgr. Jim Moroney, executive secretary of Vox Clara
- Fr. Dennis McManus, advisor to Vox Clara
Those who did comment can be read here.
The goal, of course, is not a 51-49 majority. This is not a popularity contest. It is not a political campaign. Vatican II documents generated a broad consensus for unity, a near unaminity among two thousand bishops. The advent of the vernacular in Roman Catholic worship was hailed worldwide as a positive development.
My prediction is that those who dislike the results of this study will resist. They will criticize the methodology. They will say that the sample size is too small. They will make these and other assertions without much expertise in statistics. They will resist simply because they do not like unwelcome news. They will be annoyed by it.
My own sense is that blindness insists on its position. The English-speaking bishops are in a John 9:40-41 moment. We’re all waiting. And watching. And so are 81% of your clergy who use MR3 every day and think that on some level, this is a botched job.