There was little else I could do, when I read this (caution: PDF file). Specifically, I am referring to the "From the Pastor's Desk" portion of the bulletin.
The pastor in question is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Fort Worth, so I have to take him seriously when, after discussing the motu proprio, he writes, "It is the current mind of Bishop Vann that the pastoral need referred to by Pope Benedict XVI for the 'due honor afforded the 1962 Mass' is sufficiently met weekly at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Fort Worth on Sundays at 5:30 p.m."
In other words, according to Bishop Vann's right-hand man, the bishop believes that a single Traditional Latin Mass in a geographically widespread diocese of about 400,000 people is enough. It is enough, for instance, for parishioners at any of the six Catholic churches in Wichita County that a single Latin Mass is offered at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Fort Worth on Sundays. The fact that it's at least a two-hour drive for any of the Catholics in Wichita County shouldn't concern anyone, right?
Some of you may know that I'm personally quite fond of the Novus Ordo Missae, and that I'm not pining for a Tridentine Mass for myself. But I do think that Pope Benedict XVI's intentions in derestricting the older form of the Mass are being thwarted here, at least in spirit. I'm as anxious as anyone for the reform of the reform--but it will be hard to convince Catholics that there's anything wrong with the way we do things now, liturgically speaking, if they have no experience of our rich liturgical patrimony.
Bishop Vann has seemed to be one of the "good guys," too, which is part of the reason this statement of Fr. Olson's is so confusing. There seems to be an irreconcilable conflict between the bishop's apparent belief that things are just fine as they are, and Pope Benedict's rather clear message in Summorum Pontificium that things are not. (Frankly, a single Mass very late on Sunday afternoon in an inconvenient downtown location barely even meets the requirements of Ecclesia Dei, let alone the much freer spirit of Summorum Pontificium.) But perhaps Bishop Vann still is one of the good guys--perhaps his reasons for being of this mind in regard to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass are sound and readily understandable; and perhaps he will share them with us soon.
The following words are mine. They are fiction. They are merely intended to be one example of the sort of thing Bishop Vann might write that might explain his apparent reluctance to embrace the motu proprio. They are not intended to be taken seriously at this time. Any resemblance between them and anything Bishop Vann may have already written or may intend to write in the future is purely Providential.
[Completely Fictional Letter from Bishop Vann Follows. In no way should anyone take this as being anything the bishop has ever actually said.]
Dear Catholics of the Diocese of Fort Worth,
I am sorry to have to inform you that I don't intend to allow any priests of the Fort Worth Diocese (apart from those already doing so) to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 Missal. The reason for this decision is unfortunate but must be faced.
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass requires careful attention to liturgical detail, faithfulness in celebrating Mass as the Church intends Mass to be celebrated, much reverence, and a spirit of respectful obedience on the part of the celebrant. It cannot be denied that the vast majority of the priests of the Diocese currently lack these qualities in their celebration of the much less challenging, or Ordinary Form, of the Mass.
Before I could ever permit our priests to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, I must ensure that they can properly celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass. They, for the most part, require remedial liturgical training in such matters as: proper reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, proper attention to the rubrics, the proper--but not overdone--use of the laity for certain non-ministerial functions, and the like. They must learn to demonstrate fidelity to ritual, and must be free from the disobedient spirit of liturgical tyranny that sees the Mass as a personal plaything, addicted to adding words and phrases seemingly at random to the prayers of the Church as if--presumptuous thought!--to improve them, dropping other required elements, such as the Creed, as if these were unnecessary, or conducting themselves as if the Mass were merely a social function at which casual conversation between the celebrant and the congregation would be acceptable.
Frankly, we have a long way to go before these problems can be fixed. Your patience is appreciated.
Again, just in case you've missed the first two disclaimers, these are NOT the words of Bishop Vann, nor of any other bishop in the United States of America, nor of any bishop anywhere else in the world, or in the known universe.
If only they were!