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New Celebrant Announced for Pontifical High Mass

April 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Bishop Edward Slattery, of Tulsa, Oklahoma will be taking the place of Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos for the Pontifical High Mass in Washington this Saturday. The following two pieces were noted on Wikipedia:

Pro-choice politicians

During the 2008 presidential election, Slattery criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Joe Biden for their remarks on abortion on Meet the Press, describing their positions as “clearly inconsistent with Catholic teaching” and “plainly false.”

Ad orientem liturgy

Bishop Slattery has returned to the practice of celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy ad orientem in his cathedral. He explained in his diocesan newspaper that this liturgical orientation had a number of significant advantages over the versus populum form of celebrating the Mass.

Personally, I think this change is a really good thing. Nothing against Cardinal Hoyos, but to have an American-born bishop saying the first Latin Mass in the nation’s basilica for the first time in 50 years is pretty awesome. Nod of the miter at Bishop Slattery. 

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7 Responses to “New Celebrant Announced for Pontifical High Mass”

  1. avatar Christopher says:

    You gotta stop with the Pontifical High Mass posts, I'm getting jealous and I just got back from confession…. 😀

    Where is the Music Colloquium and when is it? I heard Casting Crowns will be there…

  2. avatar Gen says:

    It's at the end of June at Duquesne University. You can read about it st musicasacra.com. Seeing as how I don't listen to music written after 1940, I have no clue what Casting Crowns is. I can only assume it's the company that makes the various items for the Royal Family.

  3. The question for me is how many pro-choice Catholic politicians will attend to get their pictures taken? Will the Speaker of the House and the VP once again thumb their noses at the Church?

    I'm probably worrying over nothing. The Mass will probably be too Catholic for them to attend.

  4. avatar Gen says:

    I think Pelosi's reaction would be "EWWWW!!! LATIN!!!"

    And plus, wherever there is incense, there, too, is a dearth of liberals.

  5. avatar RochChaCha says:

    What's wrong with having Nancy Pelosi attend this high mass? Don't you all know that she is an 'ardent practicing Catholic' and is well versed in Catholic theology? Not too long ago she educated us on how the doctors of the Church still have not been able to determine when life begins and that St. Augustine said it begins at three months. This would be a great opportunity for Nancy to give a reflection on something like natural death. I wonder when Nancy beleives that begins.

  6. avatar Vidi Aquam says:

    Election 2010 for starts. In reference to her political career, of course.

  7. Gen – Listen for that mighty Pontifical Trumpet that comes out of the Trompette en-Chamade. I believe the basilica still has its Moller (2) from 1965. It really does have some blazing reeds on it, pedal and otherwise. At the right pitch and intensity, you can feel it vibrate your breastbone in your chest cavity. It's one POWERFUL instrument.
    Really nice organ in the crypt church too.


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