|Fr Jordan SJ (right) with Frs Wong and Sypher FSSP at Fr Sypher's,|
a former member of the Brisbane community, first Mass in 2011
Brisbane: a back hole no longer?
Brisbane has mostly been more notorious for its appallingly awful liturgy than famous.
Aside from the South Brisbane invalid baptism fiasco, it is also the home of Mrs Harrington and her curious 'liturgy lines' pieces. Indeed, this week's piece is a classic of the genre, on how Vatican II 'restored' the homily which had allegedly developed into something that had no connection with the rest of the liturgy.
Fortunately things are changing: Brisbane now has Archbishop Mark Coleridge in charge, and he has taken a number of steps to set things to rights (although a good next step would be to just close down the Archdiocese's Liturgical Commission!).
Nonetheless, the liturgical abuses that were (and still are) rife in Brisbane haven't hurt the strong Traditional Latin Mass community there, though one suspects that it would have thrived regardless, given the wise leadership of its chaplain, Fr Gregory Jordan SJ.
Brisbane Latin Mass
Under the previous regime, the Latin Mass operated under numerous restrictions.
Hopefully now that it has been freed from these, the community will grow even more strongly.
All the same, it does suffer from competition with one of Australia's other major (and still growing)religions, as reader Maureen has pointed out:
"Father Gregory Jordan says a most beautiful Latin Mass at St Joseph's Church, Kangaroo Point in Brisbane - Sundays at 10 am.
The only downside is that the church is actoss the road from the Gabba - and when AFL games occur, not only is there no parking in the street without a permit, the limited parking spaces in the church grounds are sold to the AFL officials for the day. Boom gate and security guard in situ.
Having learned the hard way, I no longer undertake the long drive on those days, as I have been turned away more than once. I attend Mass at the local parish on football days!" There are a number of other priests in the Brisbane region who occasionally or regularly say the Latin Mass, including perhaps, given this post, priest blogger A Secular Priest, who has just celebrated the twelfth anniversary of his ordination. Congratulations Fr Sharp! And good luck for those last few months of study...
The rest of Queensland
As for the rest of Queensland...
I'd like to be able to report that Bishop Morris' replacement is making inroads or even just making a few symbolic steps to point the diocese in the right direction. Still, early days?
In Rockhampton, the current main story is the restoration of the Cathedral.
There are, according to the web, monthly Masses in Cairns and Townsville (though I presume no longer, alas in Rockhampton). Perhaps readers can fill us in...