This, in and of itself, is a shame. It is a shame that it took the active prodding of an online blogger to elicit a response from our local shepherd. How regrettable that the bishop could not have come out and stated his intentions to the local community.
On the other hand, if a bishop plans to make unpopular moves against his predecessor's work, it's rare that he ever announces such manuvers.
The letter has been published with permission from the bishop:
Thank you for your inquiry. No, I do not disapprove of the Latin mass and the people attached to it. It would be erroneous to read such disapproval into decisions the diocese has made regarding the two religious communities. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Bishop David Konderla
Diocese of Tulsa
If it is true that the expulsion of the exorcists and nuns does not reveal Bishop Konderla's disapproval of Tradition, perhaps the following fact does: I've confirmed this week that, as soon as Bishop Konderla took office, Vespers was cancelled at the downtown cathedral. Furthermore, the Novus Ordo Mass at the cathedral is no longer celebrated Ad Orientum, as it was with Bishop Slattery. The priest, once again, faces the congregation.
The Body of Christ is not a special little meal that we all eat together at a dinner table. We do not huddle around the Eucharist and have supper. The Eucharist is one of the most important sacraments of the Church, and everyone ought to be oriented towards it, including the priest.
The Body of our Lord is to be on an altar, not a crude dinner table. The altar should rest in a sanctuary, not a stage. We all face Him because we are all in prayer to Him. The entire congregation is to be oriented towards Christ, not towards the priest who is pretending to be a public speaker or comedian in an amphitheater.
|This is what a Mass is|
"Remember: the purpose of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is TO WORSHIP GOD by offering to Him the Once and For All Sacrifice of His Son on Calvary. The Once For All Sacrifice of Calvary is miraculously and supernaturally made present in time at every Mass, and the immolation of The Sacrifice fo the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is effected when the Priest consumes the consecrated Host and the Precious Blood.
"The only person that MUST receive the Eucharist, and, in fact, MUST receive the Eucharist under BOTH SPECIES, is the priest celebrant. PERIOD.
"Because the Church has been infiltrated by Freemasons, Communists and sodomites, most Catholics today think that the entire point of the Mass is for them to march up to the front of the Church and receive Holy Communion, which they believe to be a mere symbol. This is HUMANISM--the cornerstone of Freemasonry. Catholics today have been taught for the past fifty years BY THE RUBRICS OF THE NOVUS ORDO MASS ITSELF that THEY are the center and focus of the Mass, that the Mass is celebrated FOR THEIR BENEFIT, and that the point of the Mass is the distribution of Holy Communion TO THEM. This is why the "Shared Meal" motif--by far the LEAST theologically important aspect of the Mass, behind the SACRIFICIAL and NUPTIAL aspects, has been pushed relentlessly by the satanic infiltrators, and the Mass qua Sacrifice was intentionally hidden from the people by stripping nearly every mention of SACRIFICE from the text of the Novus Ordo itself. After all, one cannot be said to have participated in a meal if one has not eaten--or so the infiltrators would have everyone believe, and sadly, almost all today in the western Church do. Most Catholics today think that there is really no point in going to Mass if one does not receive Holy Communion--because they believe the Mass is all about THEM. When they see the Novus Ordo elevation, with the priest FACING THEM and holding up the consecrated HOST and Chalice TOWARD THEM, they think that the Holy Sacrifice is being offered exclusively TO THEM. It doesn't even occur to most of them that the Body and Blood of Christ is being OFFERED TO GOD."
Catholics used to understand this. But now, thanks to the infiltration of modernist thinkers, a great amount of men have been brought into the priesthood not understanding this way of thinking, and the majority of the laity do not even care to grasp it.
Make no mistake, the Novus Ordo needs to be done away with for all time. It is a novelty that was conceived by and for Protestants and Freemasons. The Catholic Church has no business converting Her ways to accomodate the heretics who are in an open protest against Her. It is up to those on the outside of the Church to adopt Her practices.
Finally, many people who have graduated from Texas A&M have high praise for Bp. Konderla's pro-life stance. However, just because a priest or bishop is pro-life does not mean that they are right on every other issue. Simply opposing murder does not indicate that a priest will not be a modernist. Disgust at ripping babies out of mothers wombs does not mean a priest is incapable of opposing the Catholic practices that existed before the 20th Century.
There have been a handful of respondents on either Facebook or other venues that have heaped praise upon Bishop Konderla. One comment I recently read states that "He's a living saint!" I cannot see how. Oklahoma has been wrestling with an outburst of blatant Satanism, and the bishop is dismantling the apparatus that has been constructed to fight it.
In fact, I would be interested in hearing a statement from Bishop Konderla about what he intends to do in order to combat this spate of Satanic activity. If Bishop Emeritus Slattery's team of exorcists was such a bad idea, what is Bp. Konderla's alternative?
In the meantime, no more Vespers. I can only imagine the sorrow of Bishop Emeritus Slattery as he watches his successor undo everything he built up.