Rorate Caeli

Boston: The Right to Choose

Abortion-friendly politicians may choose what to do in Boston. For instance, they may choose to receive communion.

"Gay Catholics" have plenty of choices in Boston. They may choose to go to the Jesuit Urban Center, for instance -- described by Boston Magazine as “best place to meet a mate—gay” -- something which the Jesuits themselves see as quaint.

They may choose to go to a very Traditionally Catholic act of worship: the Healing Service, at the Paulist Center.

If they want dance in the liturgy, no problem! Fr. Bob Ver Eecke, SJ, of the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, can always provide Catholic Bostonians with tons of fun.

But, if faithful Catholics, true victims of a diocese gone bankrupt, petition in August for a Traditional Roman Rite parish, for their daily Mass, served not by heterodox Jesuits or Paulists, but by the most faithful orders authorized by the Holy See to serve the "legitimate aspirations of the faithful" to the Traditional Roman Mass and Sacraments, what do they get? They get this answer, six months later:

(617) 254-0100
FAX (617) 783-2947
15 February 2006

Dear ____________:

First I wish to express my regrets that your 21 August 2005 is being acknowledged in such a tardy manner; however, I only recently have received it from the Office of the Archbishop with a request to respond to it. I note that your letter regards Holy Trinity Parish in Boston and specifically your request that the Archbishop invite either the Fraternity of Saints Peter and Paul or the Institute of Christ the King to come to the Archdiocese of Boston to service the Tridentine Community.

Please know that the Archbishop has received requests similar to yours in the past and has consistently responded that in accord with the request of Ecclesia Dei the Archdiocese of Boston provides the celebration of Mass in the Tridentine Rite and has the qualified priests to celebrate this Mass. It is not the intention of the Archbishop to begin a Tridentine Rite parish, thus at this time he does not envision the necessity nor the advantage of inviting priests from either of the two groups that you mention to the Archdiocese as we can provide for the celebration of the Mass on a weekly basis.

With my best wishes, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

They could not recognize the aspirations of so many Catholic Bostonians to an official, fully Traditional, parish?... Not even as a mere choice? As a mere personal preference? No, the Traditional Roman Mass has very few rights in Ecclesia Bostoniensis. (Tip and whole letter from Recta Ratio)