Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Tradition-Friendly Bishops

One of our priestly readers sent in this note about the new episcopal appointments annuounced today

Msgr. Conley, currently of the Diocese of Wichita and formerly in the Congregation for Bishops and graduate of the famous KU humanities program and now appointed to be auxiliary bishop of Denver, is to my knowledge the first bishop appointed recently who had regularly celebrated the TLM as part of his priestly service (not merely an occasional Mass here and there). I believe that he and another priest alternated celebrating the 8 AM Sunday TLM in Wichita, the only such Mass in the Diocese of Wichita. This is huge! Maybe second to Summorum Pontificum. Now we have a bishop who is not only a friend of the Extraordinary Use of the Mass, like Arch. Burke, but one for whom the EU was an important part of his ministry. The EU is part of new bishop(s). It is part of the mainstream of the church. This is great news for fans of Tradition.

This good news reminds me of the recent news of the appointment of Bishop Earl Boyea as Ordinary of Lansing, MI., who had quite often offered the usus antiquior in Detroit while auxiliary bishop of that diocese.

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