Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Springfield Mass. Bishop apologizes for the being Catholic

Francis appointee Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts has apologized for being Catholic. In His Excellency's most recent pastoral letter, the Bishop wrote:
As the Diocese of Springfield, we must acknowledge this need for mercy, and ask forgiveness of God and each other for past sins and offenses. There are many people hurting in our Catholic community from the pain caused by our past failings as a diocese, as well as the grievous actions of some who ministered in our Church. The reality of that pain is that it still echoes many years later, as was given witness in our recent diocesan survey. So, before I ask anything of you, let me as your bishop be the first to apologize and ask your forgiveness. 
First and foremost, I apologize to the victims of clergy sexual abuse, their families and friends, and all those scandalized by the Church’s failure to protect our young people and for any lack of diligence in responding.

Understood. At the end of the letter, the Bishop quotes some of the responses of the diocesan survey, including:

“The gay community feels that they aren’t welcome. They don’t want to espouse another religion; therefore, they don’t attend church at all. Hopefully, a special outreach could be done to them.”
“In many families due to the economy both parents are working and often working more than one job. This leaves little time and energy for parish activities; many athletic activities which are not parish-sponsored are now scheduled for Sunday mornings. These are some of the problems families are facing today.” 
“At least half the Church is women. When is the Church going to accept us as equals and value our opinion? They don’t even ask our opinion nor do they seem to want it.” 
“Childcare during Mass and parish activities.” 
“We need to do more social outreach and have more ecumenical opportunities to focus on our similarities and not our differences. Get people of different faiths acting together for the same goals.” 
“Try connecting more than correcting.”
The Bishop then exhorts these suggestions as force in his diocese. 

For those who are not familiar, the Springfield Diocese is the least Catholic in nominal numbers, and has a history of homosexual bishops. Churches that have closed were immediately torn down. Amazingly, there is a weekly Traditional Latin Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Agawam, but with one problem: it is said as a "vigil" Mass on Saturdays at 6PM. This is illegal! 

The closest canonically correct Sunday TLM is in Enfield, CT at St. Martha's Parish at 12PM. (I have never been to this Mass so I don't know if it's said in good faith.) 


  1. I am the organizer of the TLM in Agawam... please explain to me how the celebration of a TLM as a vigil mass is illegal? Canon 1248, Section 1: "Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass." Is the TLM not a Catholic right? Is Saturday evening not the "evening preceding" Sunday?

    1. Dear Mr. Searles,

      Thank you for your efforts for promoting the TLM in the Diocese of Springfield. New England is the most difficult region in the USA for Catholicism today.

      The only issue I have is that your Sunday Mass is transferred to Saturday night. (I'm not faulting you for this.) Traditionally Sunday or Holy Day Masses were never said as vigil Mass the evening before the feast. This is purely a Novus Ordo invention, and is widely abused. I can't see why not it can't be said on Sunday. If the Diocese is making you guys have this Mass on Saturday night then this is wrong. Sunday is the Lord's Day, not Saturday.

      I believe that a Sunday TLM could possibly be legal if there is no priest available on Sunday and would need bishop's permission. But in most cases it would not.

      Additionally, if there is no priest available in your area on Sunday or Holy Day to offer Mass, or you can't get to a valid Mass for medical or safety reasons, then you are excused by default. (It's not good.)

      I have been asked this before, especially in regard to Saturday night weddings. The fact of the matter is that in Novus Ordo parishes, the typical scheduling of the 4PM Saturday Vigil Mass takes away the timeslot for a potential Nuptial Mass, which never satisfies your Sunday obligation.

      I hope this helps and I will pray for the remaining Catholics in Western Massachusetts.


  2. Dear Catholic friend:
    I am happy to share with you; that the Holy Mass offered in the Extra Ordinary Form or as we affectionately call it: The Traditional Latin Mass is offered in good faith, and has been now every Sunday and most Holy Days for over 8 years, at St. Martha`s Catholic Church in Enfield Ct.
    In 2010 we hosted the 1st New England Traditional Catholic Conference.
    We have a beautiful Schola (choir) and many Altar servers. Our Holy Mass has many faithful from every age group, and has exceeded 200 souls on some Sundays.
    We are truly blessed. I encourage your readers to check out our blog.
    I know the good Catholics that have the Traditional Latin Mass in Agawam, as well as the fine Catholic Priests that offer their Mass.
    Please pray for them, as they glorify God by their tireless efforts to bring the Mass of our Forefathers to the faithful in the Spfld. Diocese.
    In The Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Donald Mongeau
    Una Voce Chairman Enfield

    1. Glad to hear this, if I ever have to visit I will attend Mass here.