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FW Bishop Olson announces he is moving to put in place TLM parish August 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.

A document was released by the Diocese of Fort Worth several days ago that had to do with the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei’s “ruling” regarding Bishop Olson’s abrogating Fisher-More College’s ability to offer the Traditional Latin Mass.  That matter certainly caused enormous sturm and drang early this year, but since the college no longer exists as a place where students would physically go to live and matriculate, and thus desire regular access to the Mass, PCED considered the matter now moot and resolved of its own accord.  The entire sad affair played out exactly as many of us locals predicted it would.

But that’s not the interesting part.  The interesting part, to me, is that Bishop Olson has confirmed something that has been rumored for a while, which is that he is considering standing up a TLM parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth, one that will probably be administered by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:

On July 24, 2014 I received a letter dated July 17, 2014 from Archbishop Pozzo informing me that the Pontifical Council Ecclesia Dei considers the matter involving the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at Fisher More College to be closed.  It is my sincere hope hat all of us in the Diocese of Fort Worth might now be able to move past this recent unpleasantness for the sake of the mission of the Church.  With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Diocese of Fort Worth is considering, as part of the development of an overall pastoral plan, the establishment of an independent parish devoted to the Extraordinary From and entrusted to capable priests.

I think that’s great and something very much in our prayers.  The FSSP monthly newsletter for August covered Bishop Olson’s presiding at Mass last month in great detail.  I believe, and have been told, Bishop Olson was very impressed with the Mass, the priests, and the laity.  From what I understand (possibly mixed in with a bit of pious hope), whether to have a regular TLM parish in Fort Worth is less a matter of will or desire, and more one of logistics at this point.  The Fraternity has more requests for parishes than it can meet, so it may be some time before the request could be met.

As I said, that last bit is perhaps exaggerated, all we know for certain is that Bishop Olson enjoyed the Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption last month and is “considering” the establishment of a TLM parish.

Here is one Catholic praying this consideration becomes reality, and soon!


1. discipleofthedumbox - August 20, 2014

Good news!

2. David L Alexander - August 20, 2014

Not bad for an “enemy of Catholic tradition.” A tip of the Black Hat to Bishop Olson.

Tantumblogo - August 20, 2014

Yeah, I took a lot of grief defending him even a little bit. I would have rather just seen nature take its course (FMC had no one to offer Mass, anyway) and let the college die (for all intents and purposes, that’s what has occurred) without the abrogation, but I always argued Bishop Olson did not have it in for the TLM. He had a terrible mess and dealt with it as best he could.

I do wonder if some blogs will publicly acknowledge it if and when the TLM parish gets established. From what I hear, it is a matter of time, at this point.

3. Patrick Archbold - August 20, 2014

I understand why the PCED punted, but I think that there were some interesting and important issues raised by some of Bishop Olson’s actions that for now will remain unresolved.

4. Anonymous - August 20, 2014

Stupedous news and I will raise you one. The new Bish in the Bayooo is learning the TLM (along with Latin) and has incardinated 2 TLM Priests into the Diocese to celebrate the TLM on a regular basis.

5. Fr Anselm Marie - August 20, 2014

“… for the sake of the mission of the Church. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit…” “Hoping that this project may go ahead and become a source of further blessings for your Diocese…”

All these expressions are very encouraging! No doubt the fruit of many prayers and incentive to offer many more.

Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus!

6. David - August 21, 2014

It would not be too hard to celebrate the TLM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Throckmorton Street. Lots of statues and stained glass windows, and a visible tabernacle. Parking is not too far away either, since there are plenty of places within walking distance.

7. Blogmaster - August 21, 2014

Who’s the “new Bish in the Bayooo”?? Which diocese?

Tantumblogo - August 21, 2014

I am guessing New Orleans, but I’m really not sure.

Blogmaster - August 21, 2014

Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette – not a friend of the TLM – turns 75 next May. I met some of his seminarians and they want to learn the TLM. Maybe this is the diocese?

Blogmaster - August 21, 2014

I think the newest bishop in the “Bayoo” is Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux.

Tantumblogo - August 22, 2014

There is also a new bishop in Shreveport, though I would have a hard time calling Shreveport the bayou.

8. Fr JPG - August 23, 2014

Blogmaster, you do a disservice to Bishop Jarrell, who, upon the release of the 2007 motu proprio, made it very easy for the clergy of Lafayette to learn and implement the TLM and to provide for the requests coming from the faithful. While Bishop Jarrell himself has not celebrated the TLM, he has readily and dutifully seen to the real pastoral needs of the TLM community through the willing priests of his diocese. The seminarians of Lafayette who want to learn the TLM are not hindered at all. In fact, since 2007, the diocese has welcomed priests from outside the diocese to provide training for interested parties.

Tantumblogo - August 25, 2014

Thank you for the comment, Father!

I am uncertain how I have done a disservice. We were simply perplexed as to which bishop was being referred to. If it was the Bishop of Lafayette, good on him! As for myself and a commenter or two ruminating on who it was, it’s simply because someone left a rather mysterious comment to that effect. No disrespect to the then unknown bishop was intended!

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