Tulsa Bp. Konderla Cancelled Vespers & Ad Orientem Mass in the Cathedral At Start of Bishopric

[Tulsa] Bp. Konderla Cancelled Vespers & Ad Orientem [Mass in the Cathedral] At Start of Bishopric

Posted by Laramie Hirsch on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Okie Traditionalist has recently attained the first public response from Bishop Konderla of Tulsa in regards to the removal of a society of exorcists and a community of nuns.

This, in and of itself, is a shame. It is a shame that it took the active prodding of an online blogger to elicit a response from our local shepherd. How regrettable that the bishop could not have come out and stated his intentions to the local community.

On the other hand, if a bishop plans to make unpopular moves against his predecessor’s work, it’s rare that he ever announces such manuvers.

The letter has been published with permission from the bishop:

Dear Joseph,

Thank you for your inquiry. No, I do not disapprove of the Latin mass and the people attached to it. It would be erroneous to read such disapproval into decisions the diocese has made regarding the two religious communities. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Bishop David Konderla
Diocese of Tulsa

If it is true that the expulsion of the exorcists and nuns does not reveal Bishop Konderla’s disapproval of Tradition, perhaps the following fact does: I’ve confirmed this week that, as soon as Bishop Konderla took office, Vespers was cancelled at the downtown cathedral. Furthermore, the Novus Ordo Mass at the cathedral is no longer celebrated Ad Orientem, as it was with Bishop Slattery. The priest, once again, faces the congregation.

The Body of Christ is not a special little meal that we all eat together at a dinner table. We do not huddle around the Eucharist and have supper. The Eucharist is one of the most important sacraments of the Church, and everyone ought to be oriented towards it, including the priest.

The Body of our Lord is to be on an altar, not a crude dinner table. The altar should rest in a sanctuary, not a stage. We all face Him because we are all in prayer to Him. The entire congregation is to be oriented towards Christ, not towards the priest who is pretending to be a public speaker or comedian in an ampitheater.

Furthermore, if everyone is not in a state of grace, then not everyone should be going up to receive Communion …

Finally, many people who have graduated from Texas A&M have high praise for Bp. Konderla’s pro-life stance. However, just because a priest or bishop is pro-life does not mean that they are right on every other issue. Simply opposing murder does not indicate that a priest will not be a modernist. Disgust at ripping babies out of mothers wombs does not mean a priest is incapable of opposing the Catholic practices that existed before the 20th Century.

There have been a handful of respondents on either Facebook or other venues that have heaped praise upon Bishop Konderla. One comment I recently read states that “He’s a living saint!” I cannot see how. Oklahoma has been wrestling with an outburst of blatant Satanism, and the bishop is dismantling the apparatus that has been constructed to fight it.

In fact, I would be interested in hearing a statement from Bishop Konderla about what he intends to do in order to combat this spate of Satanic activity. If Bishop Emeritus Slattery’s team of exorcists was such a bad idea, what is Bp. Konderla’s alternative?

In the meantime, no more Vespers. I can only imagine the sorrow of Bishop Emeritus Slattery as he watches his successor undo everything he built up.

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