Christine made the following comment in the comment box of “Once a Jew always a Jew”, and I think it deserves a more prominent airing.
On Godfrey Diekmann, OSB.
Diekmann’s name was somewhat familiar to me because of his ecumenical connections and as I recall he favored inclusive language in the Mass, women’s ordination and a married clergy, along with that awful “Worship” publication that he was involved in. Pfui !!
Wasn’t he also a member of ICEL?
He has gone on to his reward, whatever it might be. The Motu Proprio would probably have given him apoplexy. Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.
Here’s a rather amusing gem about him:
An incident recounted in Sister Kathleen Hughes’ biography of Godfrey Diekmann, A Monk’s Tale, illustrates this dismissive attitude. In the late fifties St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville built a new abbey church. Its design, in which Diekmann was involved, was decidedly “contemporary”.
Andrew Greeley visited the abbey, and Diekmann showed him the model, enthusiastically pointing out all its advanced features.
Greeley asked the perhaps not too innocent question: “But Godfrey, what if it is not the architectural wave of the future?” Godfrey stopped dead in his tracks, frowned as though this thought had never occurred to him, and then waved his hand: “Impossible!”