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Recently I had the welcome opportunity to do an interview on music with the ever-delightful Brian Holdsworth. You’ll enjoy this one. He plays a convincing “devil’s advocate” at times…
At New Litugical Movement this week: “What Opponents of Liturgical Peace Were Saying in 2017 about 'Summorum Pontificum.” If you want to see how the anti-Ratzingerians were already sharpening their knives for the kill, check out this translation of an Italian article from 2017. It’s very revealing of the mentality behind Traditionis Custodes.
In an article at Crisis this week (“Resisting Papal Overreach: The Story of Bishop Isidore Borecky”), I discuss Bishop Isidore Borecky (1911–2003), who refused to resign when Rome demanded that he do so, and remained in office 12 years past retirement age. Then I draw some lessons for the situation today.
We have come full circle now, with a progressivist pope who nevertheless employs ultramontanist tactics and surrounds himself with curial and episcopal sycophants who have quite suddenly rediscovered, after decades of dormancy, an almost latreutic devotion to the supreme pontiff, while the orthodox are few in number and beleagured. It is in this precise context that we must understand the possibility and indeed the necessity of some bishops digging in their heels to say—whether it be to politically-motivated demands for resignation, manifestly ideological depositions, the schismatic Synodal Way, the heretical rewriting of catechisms, or the ongoing demolition of matrimonial morality: “Non possumus. Non licet. We cannot do it. It is not allowed.”
In a recent episode of her show, Mother Miriam reads aloud, with some commentary, her favorite passages from my book True Obedience in the Church.
Lastly, Stuart Chessman of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny reviews my book Good Music, Sacred Music, and Silence.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!