Atlanta's new regime

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 08, 2005

Last year, Atlanta's Archbishop John Donoghue issued a directive to pastors, instructing them that during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, they should wash the feet of men, not women, in accordance with clear Vatican liturgical guidelines.

Now Archbishop Donoghue has retired, and been replaced by Archbishop Wilton Gregory. And Uncle Dio hears that the pastors of Atlanta are being informed that it's OK to include women in the foot-washing ceremony this year.

No doubt Archbishop Gregory's stance will be more popular. But at what cost? The implicit message here is that the old archbishop was silly, and the Vatican norms are silly, so they can both be ignored. That's a curious position for someone in authority to take, because sooner or later some pastor will decide that Archbishop Gregory is being silly.

And in fact sometimes the Vatican is silly-- as, for instance, in the recent choice of a new Archbishop of Atlanta.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 14, 2005 5:37 PM ET USA little giggle coming from a woman having her feet washed by the priest and it will be back to men only. I would have to do so much violence to myself to keep from snickering, awaiting that first "hee hee" that I would end up in the ER. Fortunately my parish will not be inviting this situation.

  • Posted by: Jim E - Mar. 10, 2005 12:49 PM ET USA

    I agree with Leo - Do not let the foot washing issue become a liturgical line in the sand. There are many more crucial issues where a line should be drawn. Karen should not let one bishop's folly prevent her from giving homage to Christ on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Adore Christ as He should be adored.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2005 1:23 PM ET USA

    If I were going to draw a liturgical line in the sand, it would not be over the Holy Thursday foot washing rite.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2005 12:44 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Bernardin did "mold and groom" Wilton Gregory for advancement in the Church. Archbishop Gregory can by rightly called the last of the "Bernardin Clique". That progressivist malignant force has brought the Catholic Church to ruination in the USA but still numbers roughly 1/3 of the American Episcopate with another 25-30 "wimpish" Bishops giving their obesiance to the "Bernardin Agenda". Fortunatly, Gregory is the last of them. They have no young men in the pipeline. Deo Gratias!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2005 10:59 AM ET USA

    I have read that Cardinal Bernardin molded and groomed Wilton Gregory (one of his favorites) to be a bishop. Thanks to his public communications work with the scandals he was rewarded with Atlanta. The Bernardin machine is still alive and full of gas. How really are bishops selected? Does the Vatican have any involvement? It seems that the pope has abdicated any of his responsilibilities a long time ago. With him the church is in a state of limbo.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2005 8:54 AM ET USA

    Why should anyone have been surprised by decline of doctrine and rise of innovation in the Atlanta diocese?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 9:06 PM ET USA

    Has any of this been officially stated? Is there a document or is it just hearsay? I would be very interested in seeing it in writing...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 6:54 PM ET USA

    He didn't show much sense leading the USCCB why should we expect that he show sense now? I have actually decided not to attend the Mass of the Lord's Supper this year. I just don't think I can sit through one more of these sloppy, sentimentalized, fantasized performances of one of the most incredible realities of all history.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 12:50 PM ET USA

    Lots of silly stuff. Thanks for the insight.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 11:46 AM ET USA

    That's not very "collegial" of Bishop Gregory to overturn his predecessor's position. Of course, bishops like Gregory only invoke this principle when it's something they agree with.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 11:03 AM ET USA

    Di, If you'd like to help us malcontents in the pews who must suffer through this tripe, could you arrange for a Bishop, such as, say, Chaput, to put up a big pastoral letter that we can link to and forward to our pastors? Of course, Ratzinger would be appreciated as well. Thanks. Sincerely, Footloose