A great deal of attention has been paid of late to the story of Fr. Justin Wylie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, South Africa, who was unceremoniously relieved of his duties in the United States where he served as attaché to the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission at the United Nations.
time in New York, Fr. Wylie
was a frequent celebrant of the traditional Mass at Holy Innocents
in Manhattan, the only parish in the Archdiocese that offers the traditional Mass daily and now finds itself up for possible closure in spite of reportedly being debt-free and financially self-sustaining.
The priest's dismissal was apparently triggered by a strongly worded homily delivered on May 18, 2014, in which he
called for adequate pastoral care for the so-called traditional community.
Citing the fact that a similar home for these faithful is unavailable elsewhere in the Archdiocese should Holy Innocents
close, Fr. Wylie
called their potential displacement, "an injustice which you [the parishioners] should bring to the attention of your shepherd."
"You are fully-fledged members of the baptized Faithful, for heaven's sake," he
"Why are you scurrying about like ecclesiastical scavengers, hoping for a scrap or two to fall from the table for your very existence?"
preached in support of "gay marriage" he
may have received a "Bravo!
from the Cardinal's office; as it is, he
(A more detailed account of the events leading to Fr. Wylie's
dismissal is available at Rorate Caeli.)
remarks, Fr. Wylie
contrasted the 1980s and 90s - a time when the faithful were forced to organize celebrations of the traditional Mass in whatever parishes were willing to accommodate them - with today, saying:
While one can hardly be surprised that Fr. Wylie
claimed recourse to Summorum Pontificum
, the fact of the matter is, it's part of the problem.
Returning to the case of Fr. Wylie
, by failing to state the plain truth; namely, that the Mass of Pius V is far the superior to the Novus Ordo Missae, and promoting instead the false notion that both Masses are of equal dignity, Pope Benedict gave the Captains of Newchurch all they need to feel justified in dismissing the South African priest's legitimate concerns.