25 July 2007
Let's Not Forget Jefferson City and Springfield
We in Missouri are extremely blessed to have two of the most favorable dioceses in the country, St. Louis and Kansas City-St. Joseph, for the faithful implementation of Summorum Pontificum. We are grateful to Archbishop Burke and Bishop Finn for their leadership.
But there are two other dioceses in our state-- Jefferson City and Springfield. And so far there has not been much said publicly about the motu proprio or the traditional forms of the sacraments in general.
At Lumen Gentleman's motu proprio database, there is already, even at this early date, a significant group of people expressing their support for the traditional Mass located in Springfield and Jefferson City dioceses. Might this not be the beginning of the so-called "stable groups" of faithful whose rightful desires for the extraordinary use are to be readily acceded to by their pastors and bishops? And the contact database above has only just been linked to by other blogs of greater readership-- thus the numbers will assuredly grow.
There are SSPX chapels in both dioceses, in Mexico (Jefferson City Diocese) and Springfield itself. Surely these, too, indicate a desire of the faithful for the traditional Mass and sacraments?
I would like to issue a call that I hope will be supported by readers of this blog and by other Missouri Catholic bloggers' readership as well. I ask for help to promote the faithful and generous implementation of Summorum Pontificum. I ask for the help of Kansas City Catholic, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, Rome of the West, Lost Lambs, Dust of the Time, Traditional Catholic Mom, and any other "local" blogs I may have unintentionally failed to mention. I ask for the help of our readers.
We need to provide resources and information about parish pastors willing to accede to requests for the Mass and other sacraments, servers willing to serve or train others, and to provide a clearinghouse to exchange information.
To begin with, we should encourage everyone we know who supports this motu proprio, especially priests, to provide their confidential contact information to the database mentioned above. If enough state bloggers are on board, we might be able to provide a more local and responsive way to share contacts and resources. And we can keep an eye on the successes or failures on an ongoing basis.
In the meantime, anyone with advice to give on how best to do any of this is encouraged to post a comment or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint James the Greater, pray for us.
Saint Christopher, pray for us.