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.

1 comment:

Barona said...

Thank-you for this post. We can only pray that this man died a holy death. Many men are also misled... bishops, sadly have their "groupies" whispering "now is not the time..." "let us wait for another day" etc., etc.

Though we pray for our bishops it must be said that, many - far too many - have bitterly failed the Church, the Holy Father, their priests and religious and the laity.

The spectre of the bishops cheering the reference to the Quiet Revolution at Trudeau's funeral mass was tragic. Can one imagine the French bishop's cheering the 1789 revolution? Sadly, the Quebec bishops - virtually to a man - betrayed the Church - not in what they said, but usually in what they did not say.

"Your excellency, now is not the time... maybe in 50 years". NO your excellency - NOW IS the time. Souls are at stake. Preach the Gospel, in season and out of season. Be a bishop for all seasons. Prepare to lay down your life for the Gospel. Be courageous. Be an apostle