Monday, 7 January 2013
Commended to the mercy of God
Joseph Aurele Plourde, Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa is dead. He was once quoted in the Ottawa Citizen as saying that people who long for "Gregorian chant suffer from nostalgia neurosis." Too bad he didn't read Sacrosanctam Concilium from the Council that ended only one year before he was consecrated as a bishop. In a an act of extreme cowardice he tore apart the community at St. Brigid's and the fledgling Ottawa Oratory. I know, I was there. He was one of the "Gang of Five." I will say nothing more as it would be inappropriate to speak ill of the dead and more than I already have; but the truth is the truth. Perhaps the gift of long-life, he was nearly 98, was a grace.
May the Lord have mercy on his soul.