Rorate Caeli

Two cardinals at Nellie Gray's Requiem Mass

Miss Nellie Jane Gray, founder and president of the March For Life in the U.S., drew two American cardinals to her traditional Latin Requiem High Mass:  Sean Cardinal O'Malley of Boston and Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

This writer was privileged to attend and sing Gregorian chant pieces with other men from the parish in the choir loft.  A quartet of professional singers sang Father Tomás Luis de Victoria's Missa Pro Defunctis.  Men from the parish were servers and MC.  Other priests were in choir with the cardinals and distributed communion wearing black stoles.  All clergy (including guests) in the sanctuary wore birettas.



Cardinal O'Malley was expected ahead of time.  He was a longtime friend of Miss Gray's, recalling how together they planned the first March in 1974.

Cardinal Wuerl was a major surprise.  As far as I am aware (please correct me if I am wrong, Pittsburgh TLM'ers), this was quite possibly the first public traditional Latin Mass he has attended since his seminary days in the 1960s.  Thank you, Nellie!

In addition to the cardinals and priests, the Sisters of Life were present; there were a handful of priests and brothers in the pews; Tradition, Family and Property had members attend in red sashes; and the Knights of Columbus assisted in formal attire.

LifeSiteNews has other photos of the Requiem, from Saint Mary Mother of God church in Washington, D.C. on Friday, 24 August 2012.  The Missa Cantata was offered by the pastor of the parish, Reverend Father Alfred J. Harris.

22 comments:

PAinMO said...

RE: Wuerl, perhaps.

However, despite the un-inviting of Abp. DeNoia, etc., it's helpful to remember that Wuerl didn't stand in the way of the Latin Mass community in Pittsburgh. During his tenure, I believe they had a daily TLM at St. Boniface Church and it was one of the largest Latin Mass communities in the country.

Francis said...

That's a pleasant surprise to me because Cardinal O'Malley is no friend of Catholic tradition (like the article states he was a friend of Nellie Gray and he probably went because of her IN SPITE of the Traditional requiem). Cardinal Wuerl is the bigger surprise because he truly despises the TLM, and traditional Catholicism in general.

ATW said...

Re: Cardinal Wuerl and the TLM in Pittsburgh, he did attend the TLM at St. Boniface Church on one occasion (I believe in the 1990's) to administer the Novus Ordo rite of Confirmation in Latin (I was there). He would not allow the traditional rite of Confirmation, which is allowed now. Also, the daily TLM was instituted under the current bishop, Bp. Zubik.

Matthew Rose said...

Wonderful! This is fantastic.

Too bad, however, that with all those clerics present, the Mass was not a Missa Solemnis.

George said...

"Cardinal O'Malley is no friend of Catholic tradition (like the article states he was a friend of Nellie Gray and he probably went because of her IN SPITE of the Traditional requiem). Cardinal Wuerl is the bigger surprise because he truly despises the TLM, and traditional Catholicism in general."

Are we sure that said Cardinals despise Catholic Tradition?

The very fact that they believe in and, of course, are part of the Catholic priesthood indicates that they believe that Jesus Christ established the one and true priesthood, which is the Catholic priesthood.

Said Cardinals believe in and, of course, form part of the Catholic hierarchy.

They belive in being in communion with the Pope. That is Catholic Tradition.

They believe in the Church's Traditional Eucharistic teachings.

They believe that God created the one and only Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The believe in the Church's Tradition teachings that pertain to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

Said Cardinals believe in one Traditional teaching after another.

How can it be said that the Cardinals in question despise Catholic Tradition?

Papabile said...

What surprises me is that any Bishop would attend Nellie's funeral. The USCCB was positively hostile to her when I was there. They thought she was arrogating to herself a quasi Magisterium because she didn't agree with caving on rape/incest/life of the mother ... even though Evangelium Vitae allowed this if it was seen as an intermediate step.

Francis said...

Nice try George.
These two, among others, have broken almost every one of your neocon talking points. Here's a few examples;
Your buddy Cardinal Wuerl throwing Father Marcel Guarnizo under the bus because (to the consternation of Wuerl and his surrogates)Father Guarnizo withheld Holy Communion from a self proclaimed lesbian and Buddhist at her mothers funeral. Then there was silence from Wuerl when apostate "catholic" Kathleen Sebelius was invited by Georgetown to speak at commencement last year. Then Wuerl's silence when another apostate "catholic" Joe Biden said there isn't any difference between heterosexual marriage and homosexual "marriage". There are others but I think you might get my point. Then there's Cardinal O'Malley, who is my Bishop here in the Archdiocese of Boston. As we all know he gave unrepented pro-abortion, pro-homosexual "marriage" divorced Ted Kennedy a public Catholic funeral which he himself attended. Then there was the "gay pride mass" held by an apostate priest in his diocese last Summer which O'Malley said nothing, nor did he try to stop it. Nor did he defend the school which correctly denied two lesbians "child" from attending there. He overrode the school and let him attend. You might want to go back to Catholic answers or to some other neocon and neo-Catholic site and get some more apologetics to defend the undefensible.

Mike said...

I pray for Cardinal Wuerl everyday at the end of my Rosary, adding the plea that he may favor the TLM.

Just saying: may be we ought to pray more than criticize?

CJ said...

Dear George...Bp Wuerl was my bishop for most of my adult life. He does indeed despise the Catholic Mass. He is one of the WORST bishops in this country. Why do you feel the need to attempt to defend those who do evil? And he does do evil.

They believe...in being "incommunion" with THEIR kind of catholic church, not the Church of the past 2000 years and that is a FACT based on "their" own words and deeds. And that includes the Eucharist which they believe to be a meal, not a sacrifice and that is NOT Catholic teaching. They belive in the a pope who is their EQUAL, not their boss. They do NOT believe what the Church teaches on Heaven, Hell and Purgatory because they teach that all people go to heaven and hell is empty. Those bishops who do not directly speak thusly allow their priests to speak thusly and without correction.

They must believe in ALL that the Church has taught, not just Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. They do not. The Church also teaches that to deny even ONE important such teaching...by word or deed or in your heart alone puts you outside the Church. Guess where that very very likely puts your pet bishops?

Mike...speaking only for myself of course...every one of these fallen away bishops get more prayer than criticism and they share in every sufferage I can offer up. Wrong and obstinate as they are they are still souls and their office requires maybe a little more offering up than others get. If these bishops were saying the Traditional Catholic Mass they would also be praying for we "orthodox believers".

Kathleen said...

QUOTE: MIKE
I pray for Cardinal Wuerl everyday at the end of my Rosary, adding the plea that he may favor the TLM.

Just saying: may be we ought to pray more than criticize?



That's a very good suggestion.

It's much easier to pray for the priests we love than for those that make love difficult.

And it's not to say that one should silence criticism -- correction, paired with a spirit of charity and humility, is a work of mercy.

But if we could all make the effort to adopt one or two of the most troublesome princes of the Church by name for our regular intentions it could only be a good thing.

TDC said...

I frequently pray for bishops and priests who treat traditionalists worse than dogs--just don't often ask for "nice" things to befall them.

Mike said...


Cardinal Wuerl when he first came to DC visited my Catholic high school where I teach. He did stress Confession, very pointedly, as I remember.

The Lord is the master of hearts; He can do anything.

We must pray for priests and bishops, alot!

Peterman said...

"How can it be said that the Cardinals in question despise Catholic Tradition?"

Well said George.

Gratias said...

Una Voce Malaga (see sidebar) keeps a registry of all Cardinals, Archbishops or Bishops who have participated in an Extraordinary Form Liturgy. This funeral mass is now listed as Cardinal Wuerl's first participation. He brings the total number to 292 of a total of about 5,000 bishops worldwide. I think it is a very positive step. Perhaps Cardinal Wuerl might now allow a second every-day TLM in Washington D.C.

Funeral masses seem a good way to get others to see how God can be glorified even today. It can be a traditionalist's final gift to the Catholic Church when the bishops allow it as they are supposedly obligated to. In this case Cardinal Wuerl did his duty. Thank you your Eminence.

Especially thanks to Nellie Gray for her service to our Church. R.I.P.

Manfred said...

After fifty years of living in and observing the Church as an adult. I am continually struck by the emphasis of charity(?) over JUSTICE. Horrible wrongs have been committed in the Church in our time and all I read is "forgiveness" If it were up to the Church, Jews, priests, gypsies and political prisoners would still be sitting in Dachau.

Single Catholic said...

I notice the article refers to her as "Miss." Score one for the single vocation in the Church.

Dymphna said...

I'm amazed that Cardinal Wuerl was there.

Joe Potillor said...

I believe Cardinal O'Malley has done Confirmations in the traditional rite...Still praying for them to do a Pontifical Mass in the traditional rite

ATW said...

For the record, and not withstanding the information on Una Voce Malaga, Donald Wuerl, then Bishop of Pittsburgh, attended a TLM at St. Boniface Church in Pittsburgh on 11 June 1995, to administer the Novus Ordo rite of Confirmation in Latin. He delivered the homily and there was a reception in the church hall after mass. (I was personally present for the mass and reception.)

He also attended a TLM at St. Boniface Church in Pittsburgh on 6 August 2000, Feast of the Transfiguration. This was billed as his Jubilee Year visit to the Latin Mass Community. Once again, a reception followed mass.

ATW said...

For the record, and not withstanding the information on Una Voce Malaga, Donald Wuerl, then Bishop of Pittsburgh, attended a TLM at St. Boniface Church in Pittsburgh on 11 June 1995, to administer the Novus Ordo rite of Confirmation in Latin. He delivered the homily and there was a reception in the church hall after mass. (I was personally present for the mass and reception.)

He also attended a TLM at St. Boniface Church in Pittsburgh on 6 August 2000, Feast of the Transfiguration. This was billed as his Jubilee Year visit to the Latin Mass Community. Once again, a reception followed mass.

DC-LausDeo.us said...

More photo's from the Requiem Mass for Nellie Gray http://goo.gl/3skQP

DC-LausDeo.us said...

More photos from the Requiem Mass for Nellie Gray http://goo.gl/3skQP