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Andrew Saucci said in July 31st, 2021 at 12:01 pm

I strongly encourage those who can attend to do so. Prayer, as always, will be an important component in addressing not only this particular injustice, but also the larger problems of the Church and the world.

With regard to Bishop Caggiano in particular, I’m concerned about many articles which have held him up as an example of a bishop who quickly moved to restrict the TLM– which suggests that he is hostile to it and was just waiting for an opportunity to stop it. While I don’t know him and am not privy to what he’s thinking, I simply want to suggest that if he were truly hostile to the TLM, he would have put the brakes on it long before the motu proprio. He would not have allowed it in the cathedral parish at all. He could have requested the ICKSP to leave St. Cyril and Methodius at any time.

Those of us who are supportive of the TLM need to make sure that regardless of how we might feel, we need to approach him respectfully and rationally. You catch more flies with honey. We do NOT want to appear like the caricature of TLM attendees that the motu proprio and its accompanying letter paints. Most important, we need to avoid dragging Vatican II into the discussion. As the song goes, “Accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative.”

My suggestion is a simple two- or three- paragraph letter requesting that Bishop Caggiano follow the lead of Bishop Paprocki and issue a formal juridical document invoking Canon 87 to dispense from the requirements of universal Church law imposed by the motu proprio. Such a letter should talk about the many good practices that accompany the TLM– and not even mention Vatican II or the Novus Ordo.

Even though I’m from Long Island, I have often travelled to Connecticut for TLM’s, and I am not optimistic about my own bishop’s response when it eventually comes. Here, we seem to have been living with a TLM containment program all throughout the Summorum Pontificum years, and we’ll be fortunate to hang on to the one weekly and two part-time TLM’s that we have. I won’t be shocked to see those eliminated with a strict interpretation of the motu proprio, so please know that I am rooting for you in Bridgeport and the rest of Connecticut. If you are successful, you may be seeing me in a pew near you.

Andrew Saucci said in July 31st, 2021 at 10:17 pm

I just listened to the podcast of Bishop Caggiano that came in my email. I just want to reiterate that he’s a friend of the TLM, not a foe– and the most important quote from that podcast is this: “Will the TLM disappear from the Diocese of Bridgeport? Absolutely not!” He had some very thoughtful remarks in general besides that. Pray hard anyway, pray for those in other dioceses whose bishops are not nearly as amenable to the TLM as Bishop Caggiano– and don’t forget prayers of thanks that you have a sympathetic bishop.

Stuart Chessman said in August 1st, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Yes Bishop Caggiano has said that he is sympathetic to traditionalist Catholics in his diocese. But notice in the radio program he also says that he will seek to carry out the Pope’s Motu Proprio–urr, which is not very sympathetic to traditionalist Catholics, to say the least. We can’t assume with confidence that everything will go along as it has in the past in this diocese. That’s why it’s important to pray. –Jill Chessman

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