What Will Archbishop Chaput's Appointment Mean for Philadelphia and the TLM?
Already, some of the naysayers have weighed in because of this quote from Archbishop Charles Chaput:
“…I certainly want to be faithful to the Holy Father and his teaching about the traditional expression of the Roman liturgy in the Tridentine form.
“I supported that and will continue to support that.
“It isn’t, however, my personal interest or direction.”
I think the larger and more daunting task will be to bring some of our renegade priests in line and get them to celebrate the Novus Ordo according to the rubrics. I hate to say this, but improvisation seems to happen more in parishes staffed by religious orders, although I've certainly encountered diocesan priests who took liberties with the Mass as well. I sincerely doubt Archbishop Chaput is going to do anything to hinder celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. In time, he may come to feel differently about his inclination to want to learn and celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form. But quite frankly, there are bigger fish for him to fry. While he may have been brought here because of the previous mishandling of the abuse scandal, it's clear from the commentary in this morning's Philly papers that his name has already struck fear into the hearts of Cafeteria Catholics, who are concerned about his political leanings. It's interesting to note, however, that the Archbishop has his share of detractors on the more conservative side of the aisle. His observations about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's views on the death penalty won him much derision and criticism from folks whose Catholicism is often colored by their political leanings. This is not something that only happens with liberals. Then there are those who want to force the Church to abdicate her teachings on moral issues rather than abandon their selfish and sinful beliefs. One commentator has already mocked Chaput's "compassionate conservatism" because he expelled a child from a Denver Catholic school who was being raised by two lesbians.
When will these folks ever get it? There is nothing compassionate about watching in silence as souls fall into Hell.