Catholic Clergy Meet With Archbishop Burke; Issue Annual Resolutions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARYSVILLE, PA, JULY 19, 2007 - 2007 RESOLUTIONS FROM ANNUAL CONVOCATION
1. We thank Pope Benedict XVI for his recent motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and hope it will be fully, freely and universally implemented in every diocese throughout the world. As ordained ministers who celebrate the sacraments, we see the invaluable treasure of preserving the old Latin “Tridentine” Mass, i.e., the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, for the spiritual benefit of all the faithful who request it. We furthermore affirm the necessity of reverently and properly celebrating the vernacular Novus Ordo Mass of Paul VI, i.e., the ordinary form of the same Roman Rite. Our prayer is that this will bring back many of the clergy and lay faithful who have gravitated to schismatic groups in reaction to previous abuses committed by those priests who irreverently and illicitly celebrated the new Mass in English since the Second Vatican Council.
2. We embrace the magisterial teaching of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in its recent document (RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH)on the unicity and necessity of Catholic Church, in which the one, true Church of Jesus Christ, fully subsists. When understood in the full context and accurate context of papal and conciliar decrees (e.g., Dominus Iesus and Lumen Gentium), this doctrine is not a hindrance to ecumenical endeavors nor does it deviate from previous and perennially taught dogmas on the ecclesiological nature of the church.
3. We urge the bishops of the English speaking nations to quickly endorse a totally accurate translation of the Roman Missal which would be completely faithful to the typical Latin text. As celebrants of the Holy Mass, we see the necessity of and urgency of restoring sacred language and replacing all pedestrian verbiage in Divine worship since the Holy Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of Christian life.’
4. As we prepare for the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae next year, we encourage our brother priests and deacons to reacquaint themselves with this prophetic papal encyclical of Paul VI and we commend our American bishops for the recent USCCB document on Natural Family Planning, Married Love and the Gift of Life (November, 2006).
5. We express our deep gratitude and respect for church leaders like Archbishop Raymond Burke of Saint Louis who courageously, consistently and faithfully defend Holy Mother Church and all her official teachings and disciplines. We especially admire his stand on denying Holy Communion to any Catholic candidate or politician who openly and notoriously support abortion and/or euthanasia.
6. We pledge or continued filial love, prayerful support and total obedience to the Vicar of Christ on earth, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI and eagerly await his first pastoral visit to the United States.
Approved July 19, 2007
Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.
Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
http://www.catholic-clergy.org PA, US
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