Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Diocese of Worcester ready to fold

On March 7, 1950, the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Church, Pope Pius XII canonically established the Diocese of Worcester, which is co-terminal with Worcester County, Massachusetts. Auxiliary Bishop John Wright of Boston (who later became a Cardinal and head of the CDF) was named Worcester's first Bishop, and was installed by Archbishop Richard J. Cushing in the newly named Cathedral of Saint Paul, for which before was a regular parish church. 

Prior to the establishment of the Diocese, Worcester County belonged to the Springfield Diocese since 1870 and prior to that the Archdiocese of Boston. The Worcester Diocese was established because there were a lot of Catholics back then, and it was too much to handle for the Springfield Bishop to handle. 

Bishop Wright established several suburban and neighborhood parishes as middle class Catholics moved to the suburbs and had several children after the post-World War II Baby Boom. (My mother is one of six children, and having four children was considered "too little" in number.) The Catholic Schools actually had real nuns teaching in them, and my father reported that his kindergarten tuition was $5 per year! And Saint Vincent's Hospital (in those days located on Vernon Hill) was actually a Catholic hospital, where nuns where the RNs and a priest would be called for Extreme Unction when necessary.

Bishop Wright was transferred to Pittsburgh in 1959, and would later become a Cardinal and head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He died in 1979 and is buried in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts. As head of the CDF, he endorsed the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his establishment of the Society of Saint Pius X. 

Bishop Wright's successor in Worcester, Bernard Flanagan, was present at Vatican II and many implemented many changes in the liturgy before everyone else did. He trashed the high altar quicker than you can imagine. And eventually, he ordained a string of unorthodox priests that are still in ministry today. 

By the 1980's, many parochial schools closed and young people slowly but surely stopped going to church. In result, the preaching and theology became fuzzy. The Last Four Things were gone. Then we fast forward to 2013, 63 years after the Diocese was established. Under Bishop McManus alone, several parishes have closed and sold to heretics, and the quality of the domestic church life is pathetic. Most "Catholics" are on the Pill, support sodomy, abortion, and not having any children. If they are it's done illegitimately.

Most importantly, the Traditional Latin Mass has been said at a diocesan parish within the city limits of Worcester for several years now, and there are no signs of improvement. 

Paul Melanson of La Sallette Journey has been writing several posts on the implosion of the Diocese of Worcester recently. One commenter named "Michelle" wrote the following:

Bishop McManus refuses to even acknowledge the letters written by Catholics faithful to the Church regarding their concerns over doctrinal dissent and liturgical abuses and so forth. The feeling among many is that we do not have a spiritual father. Merely a CEO who will do everything in his power to protect the reputation of renegade priests, deacons and religious and who is more intent on presreving the dissident status quo.

I agree 100%. The same thing is happen to the Archdiocese of Boston as well, but Boston will not be suppressed anytime soon. I think Worcester should be suppressed and merged with Boston with a new Archbishop that I have been praying for. 

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