Friday, June 22, 2012

Ordinariate priest to celebrate EF Mass

Shortly after his ordination as a Catholic priest Fr John Hunwicke is to celebrate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Thursday June 28th in Brompton Oratory by permission of the Provost.  What excellent news!!

Perhaps we should be encouraging the new Ordinariate priests to swell the ranks of our own traditionally-minded priests and thus make the EF Mass freely and easily available to the laity.

It is good to note that more bishops are involving themselves with this form of Mass since our Holy Father spelled out that both forms of the Mass have equal validity.  Bishop McMahon of Nottingham, Bishop Davies of Shrewsbury, Bishop Drainey of Middlesbrough and (by next weekend) Bishop Roche of Leeds will all have taken part in or celebrated the EF.  Our own diocesan bishop, Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, was present in choir at Missa Cantata at St Joseph's, Gateshead during his Episcopal Visitation. I am not aware of how many other diocesan bishops have done so.

Deo Gratias!

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