The Aquinas Newman Center and the Traditionalists

From what I saw and what others are saying, it was quite an operation at the Aquinas Newman Center this week when the former Dominican chapel, as it had evolved over 64 years, was re-made into a “traditional” church.

The Dominicans are gone, banned by the Archbishop effective Tuesday, and the views of parishioners on the changes were not solicited.

So there they were, the newly-appointed parish priests, seminarians receiving on-the-job training in authoritarianism, even the Archbishop, all marching in, tossing out what they found unacceptable, often just not fancy enough, whatever suited them — out with the old, in with the ancient.

Giddily redecorating their conquered prize, they were like Huns who had just taken the castle.

Chuck Wellborn

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