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200 parishioners question Bishop Morlino about ‘conservative’ Spanish community

June 22, 2010

Expressing concern about the prospective introduction of the extraordinary form of the Mass and an end to female altar servers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, 200 members of a parish in the Diocese of Madison took part in a discussion with Bishop Robert Morlino on June 21. The parishioners questioned his decision to staff the parish with three priests from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a community founded by a Spanish priest, Father Alfonso Gálvez.


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  • Posted by: jfakult022084 - Jun. 29, 2010 7:30 AM ET USA

    Gerard: spot on! The Mass is not about the ministers, or the music, the people.

  • Posted by: mwquacker4169 - Jun. 27, 2010 4:12 PM ET USA

    That's MY Bishop! I agree, too many 'extra's' have been allowed to creep in for far too long. To turn the ship around on a true course will seem mutinous to some; many of whom had become attached to the 'spirit of Vatican II' and are disappointed at the return to Tradition. I'm NOT one of them. Unfortunately, instead of leaving, as they are obligated to do (if one does not assent to all the teachings of the Church), the dissidents hand on and continue to confuse, at least in some cases.

  • Posted by: marttywinston6762 - Jun. 22, 2010 7:05 PM ET USA

    Cornelius: Wouldn't Catholics who want the Extraordinary Form also "discuss" with the bishop and "question" him?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 22, 2010 6:24 PM ET USA

    Evidently in some cases the adjunct tasks performed at Mass by various lay people have become ends in themselves, to the point of being non-negotiable conditions on attendance by those involved. It's an indictment of the leadership of the Church that this nonsensical notion of "participation" was ever allowed to take root among Catholics, and to develop to the extent that it apparently subordinates even the supreme act of worship that is, or should be, the one and only reason we attend Mass.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 22, 2010 8:07 AM ET USA

    The very fact this a Bishop would be "questioned" by his parishioners about this shows the crying need such priests in this parish.