My friends, tonight I can confirm some disturbing news. This past weekend the well-known auxiliary bishop of the diocese that covers the whole of a former Soviet republic was on a tour of the United States. You may have seen the uptick in his activity viz. his media presence over the past few days. During the initial leg of his journey, the good bishop WAS DENIED permission to celebrate the Traditional Roman Rite (Latin) Mass at a parish in a diocese in the southern part of these United States BY the local ordinary – a parish in which this particular auxiliary bishop has already celebrated the Mass as recently as 2019 (during the episcopacy of the same current ordinary). I have no additional comment except in the form of a question.
When was the last time you heard of a bishop in good standing with whatever passes for the Church these days being told no by a brother bishop when the simple request of celebrating the Holy Mass was made or even merely presumed (as Canon Law indicates)?
Could there have been a very good and compelling reason why said ordinary denied said auxiliary’s request? Of course that possibility exists. However one has to wonder what that reason might be given that said auxiliary was allowed to say Mass at a much smaller chapel (of a religious congregation) in the immediate vicinity on the same day and with no fanfare. This much I happen to know because two family members were visiting me and attended that Mass and were shocked to discover that it was a pontifical high Mass and to see who the celebrant was.
By the way, all of this comes to me from an extremely reliable source. I cannot divulge his or her identity but I can absolutely attest to his or her integrity. This has also since been confirmed by additional sources in other dioceses visited by the auxiliary.
For reference from a legal standpoint, please check out Canon 390 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
In the Fatima message we are urged by the Blessed Mother to pray for the bishops.
At Akita, Our Lady told Sr. Agnes that bishop would oppose bishop.
If anyone can make sense of this, I would like to know.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us