Would a bishop get removed from his diocese for imposing this.
Traditionalist Tragedy in Saginaw
A young priest, no not an oxymoron, or should I write, a young traditional priest, no not an oxymoron either, tried to impose, wait for this, bells and smells, cassocks and surplices and Latin Chant on his liturgically progressive parish. It caused such divisions that his temporary administrator bishop removed him from the parish.
I suspect that the parish is malformed. Why else would these things create such division that it leads to a priest being removed from the parish. Maybe the priest was a dictator in these things and too inflexible about some of the things he should have kept. I don't know. Maybe someone else does.
But the problem is more than the traditional priest. It is the parish who thinks that bells and smells, cassocks and surplices and Latin Chant are inconsistent with the post-Vatican II Church.
If this were the early 1970’s and a long-haired hippie type priest who protests at the draft board and nuclear arms facilities to the point of damaging property and removed altar railings, introduced liturgical dance, ad libbed the words of the Mass, moved the tabernacle to a closet, used French bread and its crumbs for Holy Communion littering the floor with these crumbs, and forced people to stand for the Mass, no kneeling allowed whatsoever and he received Holy Communion last, from a Eucharistic Minister, while he sat during the distribution, he would not have any thing said to him and those who might complain would be labeled soooooo pre-Vatican II.
But when a traditional priest imposes some liturgical elements in a progressive parish, he gets removed from the parish. In the 70’s if he molested boys (which is not what happened with this priest) he’d be transferred to another parish.
This is Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB's take on Vatican II, his opinion by the way but stated dogmatically as
progressive liturgists have consistently done since the 60’s making one think that this kind of pontificating is infallible and that the liturgist has an inside track on the truth (Gnosticism). You can read his whole article HERE at Praytell. It has some merit but offers no mea culpas for what liberalism has done to the Church and liturgy leading to the many tragedies that describe the Catholic Church today and not what the traditionalist priest is guilty of in Saginaw.
First Fr. Ruff writes this with a link for you to read the truth of the matter at the NCR with Ruff's editorial comment about the NCR:
The National Catholic Register reports the tragic, heartbreaking story of a young priest and pastor, Fr. Edwin Dwyer, being removed by Bishop Hurley because his promotion of more traditional worship had divided the parish. According to NCReg, Fr. Dwyer introduced liturgical elements such as “incense and bells, the traditional black cassock and white surplice for altar boys, and Latin and Gregorian chant.”
You can read the sad details at the NCReg – but of course you know that NCReg puts a particular (right-leaning) spin to its reporting. Take that into account.
Then he writes this:
There are tensions and seeming contradictions between the pastoral shiftof the Second Vatican Council and the seemingly traditionalist tone of its statements on the preservation of chant and the Latin language and the pipe organ and traditional music and the like. This is the tension between my own biases, identified above, that are traditionalist but also admit that the pastoral shift is a real paradigm shift.
Here’s the key: the pastoral shift of the Second Vatican Council has priority over its traditionalist statements. Your starting point cannot be the traditionalist statements. You can’t turn them into an agenda. Your starting point has to be reformed vision of liturgy which puts people’s participation first, takes seriously people’s cultural context, respects their history and experiences of worship, and values their convictions as fellow members of the priestly People of God. And however much you esteem tradition, you have to acknowledge that the Council saw the preconciliar liturgy as inadequate and in need of reform.