Msgr. James Moroney has announced to his parishioners at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester, MA that his term there as rector is ending. Moroney is the name most mentioned in association with the 10,000 changes made by some Vox Clara folks to the missal text submitted to Rome by all the English-speaking bishops’ conferences. The announcement below tells us that Vox Clara will continue working into the future! Let us hold Jim, and Vox Clara, in our prayers. UPDATE 1-10: The Worcester Telegram and Gazette has an article on Msgr. Moroney here.
For these past several years I have … taught all of the Liturgy courses to the seminarians at Saint John’s Seminary and served as Executive Secretary of the Vox Clara Committee and responded to the calls of Bishops all over the United States and Canada to teach their priests about the new Roman Missal. It’s been a lot.
It is for this reason that I began discussions with Bishop McManus several months ago in order to figure out how best this aging cleric can balance these multiple responsibilities. I am deeply grateful to Bishop McManus, to Bishop Kennedy, and Cardinal Pell for their kind support and guidance in this discernment process.
I am therefore happy to let you know that Bishop McManus will announce this week that, effective January 24th, that he is appointing me to the faculty of Saint John’s Seminary and to service as Executive Secretary of the Vox Clara Committee. While I will dearly miss the wonderful folks who go to make up the Cathedral Parish, my heart will never leave the Cathedral.