Thursday, July 19, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 19, 2007

News & Analysis

California Catholic Daily - “It’s tradition” -Diocese of Monterey pledges Tridentine Mass in two locations by September

***Motu Proprio: Use of Roman Missal of 1962 by Bishop Robert C. Morlino (Madison WI)

Excerpt: I have never been against such celebrations in principle, but our concrete circumstance and lack of catechetical resources to support such celebrations have led me to the prudent judgment, I believe, that such celebrations should not generally be permitted.
Obedience opens door to freedom.
Pope Benedict clearly is wise; obedience according to the mind of Christ always opens the door to true freedom. I am joyful to act in obedience to the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict, and I am grateful to have been freed from the limitation of my own judgement.
Jewish Daily Forward - The Pope Has Given Catholics a Choice
Reuters - Vatican: We may drop revived prayer offensive to Jews HT to Rorate Caeli

The Catholic Virginian - Editorial
It is unfair to expect them to add an extra Mass to their already busy schedules. People might want to think twice about approaching their priest and putting this demand on him.

Bulletin of St. Marys By the Sea in Huntington Beach - "I wholeheartedly accede"
John Allen Jr. - Opinion divided on Mass decision – Some downplay demand for old rite, but other liturgists predict confusion

Diocesan Reactions

Diocese of Allentown PA

Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!

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A Virginia Catholic said...

There is a lesson in contrasts below. Which response is the most pastoral?

“I do urge those who are attracted to worship according to the Missal of Blessed Pope John XXIII to express yourselves to me and to your pastors in the days ahead so that we can do our very best to serve you in a reasonable amount of time as we make the necessary preparations.”

His Excellency Robert C. Morlino of Madison WI.

“Priests everywhere are being stretched too thin as it is. Some have two or more parishes in which they minister. It is unfair to expect them to add an extra Mass to their already busy schedules. People might want to think twice about approaching their priest and putting this demand on him.”

Mr. Steve Neill, editor, “The Catholic Virginian” Diocese of Richmond, VA.

Mary Ann said...

Don't we pray for the conversion of the Jews on Good Friday in the NO (usual, ordinary, Paul VI) rite? I seem to remember doing so.

Lawrence King said...

Bishop Morlino's letter was very moving.

Supporters of the traditional liturgy have been "fans" of certain bishops and "critical of" other bishops for how they have handled requests for Indult Masses in the past. Bishop Morlino is someone who has changed his stance, and apparently even changed his heart, in response to Summorum Pontificum. I earnestly hope that those of us who love the traditional Mass will give thanks to Bishop Morlino, and thank God for him.

Scott said...

I appreciate His excellency Bishop Morlino's apparent change of heart. I would also like to point out that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has several apostolate's both north and and south of the Madison diocese that have very well trained Priests in the Trinidine Mass. The Institute has also just recently opened their doors to train other Priests in the Trinidine Mass.