Archive for April 18th, 2009
Archbishop Jesus Dosado denies restricting the Traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Ozamiz, Philippines
“Archbishop of Ozamiz, Msgr. jesus Dosado, declared that no TLM can be celebrated in his archdiocese without his permission,” wrote an Una Voce member Carlos Palad.
Palad told UCA News on April 16 that he based his assertion on a news brief in the March 16-29 issue of the Philippine bishops’ CBCP Monitor. Titled “Archbishop warns vs ‘unauthorized’ Latin Mass,” the report said Ozamiz archdiocese has issued a warning to its Catholics that “any Latin Mass is deemed illegal without the consent of the Ozamiz Archbishop Jesus Dosado.”
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The archbishop clarified his stand in the recent interview. “I do not forbid (TLM) here,” he said. “If people ask me for that, it is my obligation as a bishop to provide them a priest.” He acknowledged only having SSPX priests saying Mass in his archdiocese. Even though Pope Benedict on Jan. 21 lifted the excommunication of SSPX bishops, he said, priests of the society “can say Mass validly, but not licitly.”
Archbishop Jesus Dosado of Ozamiz, vice chairman of the Philippine bishops’ Commission on Liturgy, says the comment posted on rorate-caeli.blogspot could have stemmed from his refusal years ago to allow a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) to say Mass in his archdiocese.
“I said ‘no way’ not because of the Latin Mass, but because there was something irregular in the ordination of this priest,” the Vincentian archbishop explained in a telephone interview from Ozamiz, 770 kilometers southeast of Manila.
Fr. James B. Reuter S.J. on the friendship of Fr. Martin Zillig, S.J. and Fr. Henry Lee Irwin, S.J.: The Jackass anecdote
Fr. James B. Reuter SJ, who aside from moderating the Ateneo Glee Club and serving as trainer for the men’s basketball team of yore, once told a story about Father Irwin and another Jesuit Fr. Martin Zillig, who both had many a spirited debate about many a thing.
“At the end of the day, the priests would gather at the recreational room at the Jesuit Residence for small talk about the day’s events. Both Fathers Zillig and Irwin were highly opinionated and they would continue their discussions at the balcony only for the former to storm off in anger muttering, ‘Jackass! Jackass!’
“When Father Zillig fell sick and lay dying, he asked for Father Irwin to stay by his bedside.
“As Father Irwin packed a few belongings to take with him to the hospital, his eyes burned with tears and he began to mumble, ‘I know, I know. He wants me there so he can look me in the eye one more time and say, ‘Jackass! Jackass!’”
The anecdote, humorous it may be, underscores the close-knit fraternity of the Jesuits and Father Harry’s compassion. Towards the 1970’s, Father Irwin fell ill and retired from teaching. Instead he tended to his garden outside the Jesuit Residence and walked around the campus befriending and giving impromptu lectures to students about school, life, theater, and just about anything. He pushed students to explore life and live it to the fullest.
Source: “The Blue Ghost” by Rick Olivares