Thursday, October 20, 2005

Review: Fr. Zigrang & the Tridentine Mass

Back in the summer of 2003 Fr. Zigrang celebrated the Mass according to the Roman missal of 1962, ie, the Tridentine Mass, at his parish of St. Andrew in place of the revised missal of Pope Paul VI. The issue is that Fr. Zigrang is supposed to recieve permission from the Diocese of Galveston-Houston via then Bishop Fiorenza (now his grace is the Archbishop Fiorenza of the now Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston). It was reported that Fr. Zigrang requested permission from Bishop Fiorenza for the opportunity to celebrate the Tridentine Mass several times without receiving even an acknowledgement of receipt of these requests. Regardless, Fr. Zigrang was relieved of his duties from the parish of St. Andrews. The decision of who and when can celebrate the Tridentine Mass is the decision of the bishops. So who is at fault here? I sympathise with Fr. Zigrang, but Bishop Fiorenza was correct in his actions. With that being said, in my humble opinion I believe that the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston created the problem via poor communications. In this case no communications. By avoiding the issue by not addressing it, this 'revolt' was inevitable. In general, I am of the opion that many problems with most of the dioceses of the United States, stems from ignoring issues large and small. This has caused many problems nationwide that is embarrasing to Catholics everywhere. I can only pray and hope that these issues will be addressed so what happened in the Summer of 2004 will not occur again. For more click here and here.


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