New Letter Surfaces

Dear Father Jenkins:

Thank you for your visit today. I am writing you to state formally what I told you during our meeting. These norms take effect immediately.

1. You do not have permission to have the public celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Mass at the Chapel of Notre Dame University. This includes Sundays and weekdays. The weekly celebration of the Ordinary Form is available to the faithful every Sunday at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in South Bend.

2. You may only have the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form by priests who explicitly have faculties for such celebration as granted by me as the Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

3. Failure to comply with the above-stated norms will result in my withdrawal of permission to celebrate the Eucharist in your chapel along with withdrawal of permission to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the closet down the hall from the Chapel.

I make these norms out of my pastoral solicitude and care for the students of Notre Dame University as well as for your own soul. I urge you to comply with them. Please convey to your students my gratitude for their gift of the collected works of Hans Kung. Please assure them of their presence in my prayers. I remain,

Sincerely Yours In Christ,

Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

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11 comments on “New Letter Surfaces

  1. The actions of this bishop and the one from Ft Wayne, if true, are straight from the devil. Does a validly ordained priest who is not under suspension and whose faculties have not been withdrawn need “permission” to offer Mass? And, since when were faculties made specific to the so-called Ordinary or Extraordinary Form? There’s something wrong here, folks, and it appears bishops think they have more authority than they really do. That said, do you think they’re taking a cue from ol’ Jorge himself?

  2. This opinion, posted on the Rorate Coeli site, needs to be re-posted and re-read every time one of these evil rats tries to deny Catholics their RIGHT. It applies to Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, and every other place that Satan rears his ugly head in the form of a scofflaw Bishop:

  3. The above “letter” was written as a joke on Fr. Z’s blog in regards to the Ft. Worth incident. It is NOT real. REPEAT: THIS LETTER IS NOT REAL!!

    Do not attack Bishop Rhoades for something he did not do! Good grief!

    • Thanks for that. Many of us have the good sense to not read anything that Father gadfly writes. This is a great example of why that is prudent. He should leave the funny stuff to those people who actually have a sense of humor.

  4. Speaking of Fr. Jenkins and Notre Dame, whatever happened to faithful AQ member and humorist extraordinaire Howl? He hasn’t been here in quite some time. I wonder if he’s had trouble logging in like many of us.

    • That wouldn’t surprise me. I wouldn’t wish that logging in trouble on my worst enemy. I think someone referred to it as purgatory. Does anyone know why it was/is such a problem?

      • When I tried to log in a week or so ago, a “spam blocker” popped up and forbid me from doing so. It prompted me to “ask permission” in a little comment box and the next morning I was able to log in.

        This morning I logged in without any trouble.

    • LA tradcath – I just sent Howl a note telling him that his fans are asking for him.

      If I hear back from him, I will let ya know.

  5. I thought it was pretty funny. Like playing the “what if a Republican said that?” game.

    (Logging seems to be a problem if only you hit “reply” first and then try to log in. If you log in before trying to reply it seems to work ok.)

  6. Just to let you all know – I’ll be sharply reducing my online activity during Lent and trying to curb my tendency to criticize others, especially those with a Modernist persuasion. Not that they don ‘t deserve it but, well, you know what I mean. Have a happy and productive Lent.

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