We are all familiar with the stories of pets left behind :"home alone". They work out their frustrations by wrecking the house.
On another plane, most will remember that Archbishop Rembert Weakland wrecked the interior of Milwaukee's very fine Cathedral, "modernizing" it, including moving the Altar out of the Sanctuary, destroying the Baldacchino and dangling over the new Altar a collection of junk metal said to represent the crown of thorns! Months later the personal scandal that brought him down became public.
In many places around the world, the tide has turned strongly, and such barbarism has faltered and is actually being reversed.
But, there is always an exception to the rule, and it is to be found, in the Archdiocese of Brisbane (now under the care of an Apostolic Administrator- the exemplary Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore , adjoining Brisbane across the New South Wales border.)
To the East of the City of Brisbane, the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul tends to the spiritual welfare of Catholics living in the Bulimba area, which has become very popular and even trendy.
The Parish Church is a solidly built brick building in the classical basilica shape, not totally dissimilar to the nearby St.James Coorparoo.
The Church has one design misfortune, it has three circular windows in the facade, and three eyes has never been a happy look. But its misfortunes do not stop there. The Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul is the onetime high flying ( literally) liturgist Father "Two Tables Tom" Elich.
Elich was for some years head of the National Liturgical Commission and, as
such, the Australian representative on the pre- reform ICEL which was
responsible for the destructive mis- translation of the Novus Ordo and ongoing
attempts to deform the Sacred Liturgy, until the Holy See dissolved ICEL and
reconstructed it with faithful translators and reliable prelates. During those
years he was in the thick of efforts to re-write the Rite for the Ordination of
Bishops which was so outrageously done that it was rejected outright by the
Holy See. This was the occasion of the reform of ICEL.
|Father Tom Elich - Spirit of the Council Liturgist|
Two Tables , Anyone?
Father Elich and his old ICEL comrades had also attempted to have the Church accept a new Rite dubbed the “Missa Simplex”, which would have produced a 5-10 minute ritual stripped down to a Reading and an abbreviated Eucharistic Prayer. The Holy See torpedoed the project before it was formally completed. Thank Heaven! The intention was apparent – to reduce the Sacred Liturgy to a ridiculous condition.
Father Elich had been accustomed to fly overseas to ICEL Meetings at least four times a year. At the same time, he was head of the Archdiocese of Brisbane's Liturgical Commission which has the reputation of being the most "progressive" of its type in Australia. Further, because of Father Elich's personal disposition and volatile temperament, he had been able to keep its finances independent of the Archdiocesan system,leaving him considerable financial independence for the Commission. It has a virtual monopoly of weekday missal printing for Parishes throughout Australia, as well as many other publishing activities. These include" LITURGY NEWS" which always carried the Imprimatur of the Archbishop of Brisbane John A. "Power is evil" Bathersby now retired. Archbishop Bathersby operated largely as if he were a Constitutional Monarch- acting only on advice. Accordingly the Imprimatur was given seemingly without regard to the content of "LITURGY NEWS" even when it attacked the Holy See and presented really bizarre defenses of all manner of liturgical abuses.
ago, Father Elich was replaced as head of the National Liturgical Commission
and thus from ICEL involvements. His wings thus clipped, his activity was
confined to the Archdiocese and any "consulting" work he could
attract in Queensland. In one such venture, in Toowoomba Diocese (of the infamous
Bishop Morris), he met his match in the local people who knew all about his
reputation for outrageous "wreckovations", and did not want to see
their St.Patrick's Cathedral abused as St.Stephen's Cathedral Brisbane had
been. Father Elich had to withdraw.
|IMPRIMATUR - Former Archbishop of Brisbane|
John A. Bathersby
|SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM - DEVOTION, TRADITION,ORTHODOXY|
BREAKING OUT EVERYWHERE!!