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Replacement for Bishop Robert Finn named for KC-Missouri September 15, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, religious, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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It is Bishop James Johnston of Cape Girardeau:

This morning in Rome, Pope Francis announced that he has appointed me to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  I have accepted his appointment, trusting in the love of Jesus Christ and God’s mysterious providence.  In doing so, I cannot deny my sadness at the prospect of departing the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.  These 7 ½ years as your bishop have been some of the happiest of my life.  I love all of you and will always love this great diocese.

My installation in Kansas City is set for November 4, 2015.  I will serve as the diocesan administrator here, until that date, after which a diocesan administrator will be elected by the diocesan college of consultors.

None of us can totally plan out our lives.  I trust in God’s plans for me and the Church and am confident that “all things work together for the good for those that love God” (Rom 8:28).  I am eager to serve the people of northwest Missouri as best I can as their new shepherd.  I ask you to pray for me, and for the Dioceses of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Eponymous Flower notes that Bishop Johnston is probably not as well disposed towards the TLM as Bishop Finn was:

Edit: here’s the Bishop according to wiki who’ll be replacing the last actually conservative Bishop of Kansas City who was ousted not so much by due process but in trial by media.  He is hedging his bets in the Inmemorial Mass of All Ages:

Considered somewhat conservative in his views, Johnston supports the celebration of Tridentine Mass, but has said he does not “hold a great personal attachment to it” due to his relatively young age. He also supports the use of Gregorian chant and polyphony. He has cited Dolly PartonChet Atkins, and Alan Jackson as some of his favorite musical artists.

Age has nothing to do with it.  Bishop Sample is relatively young and he has a great attachment to the TLM.  This kind of language seems to imply an accepting of the false concept that adherents to the TLM are just very old holdovers from the pre-conciliar days who simply could not get on the post-conciliar bandwagon.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In my experience, attendance at TLMs skews far, far younger than at the vast majority of Novus Ordo’s.  The TLM holds great interest for a growing number of young people.

From the perspective of many good Catholics one of the most pressing concerns is the fate of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  Many hoped and prayed that the whoever was appointed to replace Bishop Finn would at least maintain a benign indifference to this holy order of nuns, if not shower them with as much love and affection as Bishop Finn consistently demonstrated.  I think that pious hope can certainly be sustained now that the appointment is made.  At least KC is not confronted with a known progressive ideologue.

However, prayers on behalf of these nuns are certainly still warranted for many reasons.  They’ve experienced trials in the past and it was something of a miracle for them to find such a good home in Kansas City-St. Joseph.  One never knows what the future may hold.  I do hope they find other dioceses to expand into that will give them a bit more security.  Nevertheless, for now, they have what they have.

Comments

1. richardmalcolm1564 - September 15, 2015

On the whole, this was a better appointment than I dared hope for, given how many machinations were in train to get a real liberal in there.

Liturgically, he is not a traditionalist; he is a very conservative N.O. cleric.

We will see not only how he interacts with the Benedictines of Mary but also the Institute of Christ the King apostolate at the Oratory of Old St. Patrick’s, a flourishing traditional personal parish erected by Bishop Finn. And then there is the large troop of young seminarians and young priests Bishop Finn recruited – they are a very solid bunch, on the whole.

Certainly we must keep him in our prayers.

2. richardmalcolm1564 - September 15, 2015

On the whole, this was a better appointment than I dared hope for, given how many machinations, especially by some local clergy, were in train to get a real liberal in there.

Liturgically, he is not a traditionalist; he is a very conservative N.O. cleric.

We will see not only how he interacts with the Benedictines of Mary but also the Institute of Christ the King apostolate at the Oratory of Old St. Patrick’s, a flourishing traditional personal parish erected by Bishop Finn. And then there is the large troop of young seminarians and young priests Bishop Finn recruited – they are a very solid bunch, on the whole.

Certainly we must keep him in our prayers.

3. David - September 16, 2015

I don’t know if Msgr. Blacet is officially retired. I went to Mass in Kansas City years ago with a group and the old Msgr. celebrated a very reverent Mass at a beautiful parish in a not so good part of town. He reminded me a little of Fr. Paul Weinberger or Fr. John Trigilio.

Bishop Finn recognized Msgr. Blacet, and gave him more visibility, which is commendable.

4. David - September 16, 2015

As RichardMalcolm highlighted, I am glad to see that someone like a McElroy was not appointed.

I am wondering now who will get the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the drive by media forced out another good bishop.

DM - September 16, 2015

I believe it will be quite a while before Minneapolis gets its replacement. Hebda will likely be left there at least until next year to “clean up” before a successor is appointed. It would be nice if the very traditional-friendly Auxiliary Bishop Cozzens was appointed, but it’s unlikely, given his youth. I can also think of a certain Cardinal this Archdiocese would be perfect for, if he still does not have any real role in the Church by next year. Probably wishful thinking, though..

5. Sobieski - September 16, 2015

FYI – There’s a positive comment on the Eponymous Flower post, which, if true, leads one to think the new bishop might be more amenable to the TLM than the post reflects:

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2015/09/bishop-johnston-new-bishop-of-kansas.html?showComment=1442344960812#c445604118806689636

We will see…


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