Fr. Jason Cargo to St. Joseph in Richardson? February 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, shocking, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A commenter over the weekend asked what I thought of Fr. Jason Cargo being appointed pastor of the very large St. Joseph parish in Richardson starting March 1. It was the first I’d heard of it. A perusal of the St. Joseph website provided no confirmation (N. B.: I attended St. Joseph in the late 90s and went through RCIA there – a most unedifying experience. The shadow – not an unfair term, from my POV – of former longtime Pastor Don Fischer continues to hang over the parish. It was under his pastoring that I entered the Church).
But assuming the report is true, I think that is a very hopeful development. I know Fr. Cargo well and have a great deal of respect for him. While he is not traditional, per se’, he certainly trends orthodox and is a devoted pastor of souls. I know he has great love for reverent liturgy including Latin and Chant. He has done some really positive things like leading Rosary Processions every day of Lent last year.
If this comes to pass, I’d be very happy to eat my words concerning the assignment of orthodox priests to the periphery of the Diocese. This has been widely accepted as being a fact of life for many years in this Diocese, but perhaps the growing shortage of priests and the inevitability of the younger generation means that is changing. Or, it could mean I and others have been all wet. Which, if true, I’d be happy to be the first to admit.
For now, consider this only an assertion and not verified until confirmed. Whatever Fr. Cargo’s future holds, he may be assured of my prayers for his apostolate and my heartfelt thanks.