Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Father Z. Throws in the Towel

Father Z. has attempted to fisk an article in The Courier, the newspaper of the Diocese of Winona, from the Diocesan Director of Liturgy, Peggy Lovrien.

Unfortunately, there were so many errors, Fr. Z had to give up for fear of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Read his valiant attempt here.

S.F. Chronicle on the Motu Proprio

I know what you are thinking, but think again.

FINDING MY RELIGION
Oakland priest Michael Wiener has been celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass since 1999

SP Varia

Father Z. applies some common sense to the Commonweal article. Not an easy thing to do. He also relays an ominous memo from the Bp. of Steubenville in which he states "There will be no public celebration of the pre-Vatican II rites until I am assured that they can be celebrated well and in accord with Summorum Pontificum’s terms." Liberals make the worst liberals.

Gerald at the Cafeteria points us to this good article in the Washington Times..

NLM assures us that all is well at Notre Dame (GO IRISH!)

But actually not so great in Ireland!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Commonweal on the Motu Proprio

Commonweal on the motu proprio:

It was not the intention of Vatican II, or of the popes who implemented it, to create a situation in which two forms of the Roman rite would exist side by side. The liturgical reform of the council was intended as a true reform, addressing genuine problems of the old liturgy for the good of the church as a whole. Now, with the stroke of a pen, Pope Benedict has made that reform optional. Individual priests may use the preconciliar rites at will, and groups of the faithful who ask for celebrations according to the preconciliar norms may not be refused them.
Read the whole thing.

Cardinal Martini Takes A Stand

Is Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is tilting at windmills? The famously liberal Cardinal refuses to say the 1962 missal.

Cardinal speaks out against Latin mass

Read my take at Creative Minority Report.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Time to Hang It Up?

Is it time to hang it up and close down the blog?

Well, if one were to listen to the New York Times you would certainly think so.
Representative quote "Unless the church, which once had a problem with the law of gravity, can repeal inertia, too, then silent, submissive worship won’t go over well."

'Nuff Said. Fr. Z's take and Diogenes takes a swing.

(Can a kind reader please send me information on the Pope's opposition to gravity? I must have missed that one.)

Will the Pope Say the Mass in the 'Extraordinary Form'?

Will the Pope Say the Mass in the 'Extraordinary Form'?

Father Zuhlsdorf is relaying a report that the Pope might celebrate older Mass on 1st Sunday of Advent

In an ADNKRONOS story, we read:

The Pope: Could celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V in public

Signs point to the First Sunday of Advent – The Director of "Latinitas", at last we will have a common prayer of praise to God.

The Pope could celebrate publicly Mass in Latin according to the Rite of St. Pius V. An official introduction of the Rite which, as far as ADNKRONOS has learned from authoritative Vatican sources, could take place on the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year.
For a long time I have thought that a single Mass by the Holy Father, with all the necessary solenmity, would effect as much if not more than the Motu Proprio.

However, having both would be even better!
We second that motion! We will keep our eyes on this one!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 28, 2007

Thanks to the readers who keep the links coming in the suggestion box.

I must acknowledge that I have been remiss in covering the reaction north of the border. To date, I think I have only one or two links.

So here is a link to a 11 July article in the Catholic Register, including statements of Archbishop Collins of Toronto and Bishop Prendergast of Ottawa.

We now also have the reaction of Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland Oregon.

Fr. Z continues his analysis of episcopal reactions. This one comes from Indianapolis.
Archd. of Indianapolis newspaper on older Mass

Friday, July 27, 2007

I May Have to Move to Virginia

SAINT JOHN THE BELOVED CATHOLIC CHURCH MCLEAN, VIRGINIA (HT to reader Steve!)

From The Pastor

Summorum Pontificum

Despite what the media tells you, the Pope is not renouncing the Second Vatican Council, he is authentically implementing it. He is correcting the mistakes and misinterpretations that came after the Council. One of them is with the return of the Mass. Contrary to what most of the media tells us, Vatican II did not:

1. order Mass to be said in the Vernacular
2. tell priests to face the people at Mass
3. establish Communion in the hand
4. tell people to stand for reception of Communion
The Mass we now say at St. John’s whether in English or Latin came after the Council. The Council ended in 1965, the new order of the Mass came in 1970.

The Church, since the days of Pope St. Pius X, has encouraged actual participation at the Mass. The 1962 missal contains changes that foster that participation, so the charge of the congregation being dumb spectators is not true.

Why was the Motu Propio issued? Pope Benedict, as a Cardinal, wrote extensively on the liturgy and frequently mentioned the suppression of the older form of the Mass by Pope Paul VI when promulgating the new reformed missal of 1970 (the Mass we now celebrate either in English or Latin) after an intervening period of a temporary missal (1965).

He believed and continues to believe that something so ancient (going back 1500 years) and sacred could be forbidden and those who were attached to that form considered, as one author put it, like “the nutty old aunt in the attic”.

The Pope does not question the holiness of the new missal, but he says that the way in which it came about was alien to the Church’s traditions. Many who were enthusiastic about a renewal of the Mass during the years of the Council felt betrayed by the reformed missal of 1970. They claim (as does the Pope) that this was not what the Council had envisioned.

Is the Holy Father leading us backwards? Most people would say no, but I would say yes – in order to lead us forward. He wants to bring the church into contact with that form of the Mass which was the only western liturgy (outside the rite of Milan) that was celebrated during the Second Vatican Council. There was a rupture after Council in the liturgy, the Holy Father wants to go back to heal that break so that the liturgy may continue as a living continuum. That is why he says we need internal reconciliation. The Church has been suffering these past 40 years because of the unintended rupture. The Church must reconcile herself with her own tradition, for that is who she is, it is her own identity.

The missal of Paul VI will benefit from the infusion of sap from the 62 missal and after a reform of the reform be even more resplendent and effective.

I plan on implementing the Motu Propio here at St. John’s but it will not effect a change in anyway in which most of you worship. It allows the former rite for anybody who chooses to attend. The Motu Propio simply allows, it does not impose. What does this mean for St. John’s? The following is my policy for implementation of Summorum Pontificum:

1. the noon Mass, which is now said in Latin according to the missal of Pope Paul VI (1970 – Novus Ordo) will become a Solemn High Mass or High Mass celebrated according to the missal of Blessed John XXIIII (the most ancient rite”). This will occur sometime in early October.
2. I will allow the celebration of all sacraments except Confirmation according to the rite of 1962 if a person requests them. This will also take effect in October.
3. I will allow occasional Masses (wedding anniversaries, etc.) in the 1962 rite for those who request it.
4. I will allow weddings and funerals in the 62 rite for those who request it.
5. I will establish one Mass on a holy day according to the 62 missal; there will still be 4 Masses in the present rite.
6. I will consider another additional Mass on First Fridays after consulting with the pastoral council.
The date given by the Pope for this decree to become law, i.e., go into effect is September 14 of this year. We await further guidance from the bishops on these matters. We also need to buy items unique to those types of Masses; financial donations towards this would be appreciated.


From St. John’s Office of Evangelization . . .

DEFENDING THE FAITH

SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM (part I)

About one week ago, Pope Benedict XVI issued the legal document Summorum Pontificum. This text— which has confirmed the fact that every Roman Catholic priest has the right to celebrate what has been called the “Tridentine Mass”—has caused no little stir among Catholics throughout the world. Often referred to as the “Traditional Mass,” because it has been celebrated without interruption since the earliest days of the Church in Rome, this Mass will be remembered by many of the older faithful of our parishes as the Mass of their childhood. It is this Mass which Pope John Paul II attended as a young man; it is this Mass for which Saint Francis rebuilt his church in Assisi; it is this Mass that Saint Augustine celebrated as Bishop of Hippo; and it is this Mass which has now been restored to the Catholic Church. Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to consider aspects of this restoration in detail. Today, let us focus our attention upon the role of tradition in the lives of faithful Christians.

As many readers may know, the acceptance of “tradition” as a rule of faith within the Catholic Church was rejected by the Protestant reformers as being a non-biblical teaching. This Protestant position, known as sola scriptura, however, is not part of the historic and biblical faith of the True Church. For, as Saint Paul exhorts the faithful of the Catholic community in Thessalonica, “Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions which you were taught” (2 Thess 2:15). And again in his letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul writes, “I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you” (1 Cor 11:2). This “tradition,” as Saint Paul refers to it, is nothing other than the message of Jesus Christ as it was preached in Jerusalem on Pentecost, and was handed down to the faithful of succeeding generations. As the New Testament was written down over time, part of this tradition was given explicit expression in the form of the Gospels and other writings, while other no less important aspects where handed down verbally from the Apostles to the bishops who succeeded them (cf. 2 Thess 2:15, 2 Tim 2:1). Thus, the Second Vatican Council stated, “In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church, the apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them ‘their own position of teaching authority’” (DV 7; St. Irenaeus, Adv. Haeres. 3,3,1).

This truth is expressed in Saint Paul’s letter to Timothy where we read, “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others” (2 Tim 2:1). Thus, this precious jewel of the faith was handed down through the Church’s teaching authority from generation to generation, even to our own day.

Through this tradition “the Church, in her doctrine, life, and worship perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes” (Dei Verbum 8,1). Please notice that in the above quotation from the Second Vatican Council, “worship” is one of the three ways in which the Church is said to perpetuate and transmit the precious faith which she has received. The way of worship, then, is of great importance, for it is through her worship that the Catholic Church shows forth and announces the faith which she has held from the beginning—“whence the ancient saying “the law of prayer is the law of faith: the Church believes as she prays” (CCC 1124). In other words, the way in which the Catholic Church worships expresses what she believes. Thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “For this reason no sacramental rite may be modified or manipulated at the will of the minister or the community. Even the supreme authority in the Church may not change the liturgy arbitrarily, but only in obedience of faith and with respect for the mysteries of the liturgy” CCC 1125). Continue next week.

Source

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 26, 2007

News & Analysis

The view from Saskatchewan eh!
More analysis from Fr. Z (He is really on top of this!)

Article of Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, Bishop of Memphis
Father Z's Analysis.

Catholics Concerned Latin Mass Not Progressive

Summorum Pontificum podcast HT to Mike in the combox

Rorate Caeli - Castrillón speaks to 30 Giorni

NLM - Altar-ations -How your modern Church can accomodate the 1962 Missal.

Return of Latin mass sparks old vestment hunt

California Catholic on use of new lectionary - “Until such time that the Ecclesia Dei Commission gives further direction”

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 25, 2007

News & Analysis

Rorate Caeli - Castrillón speaks to 30 Giorni

NLM - Altar-ations -How your modern Church can accomodate the 1962 Missal.

Return of Latin mass sparks old vestment hunt

California Catholic on use of new lectionary - “Until such time that the Ecclesia Dei Commission gives further direction”

Statement of Bishop Bernard Harrington - Diocese of Winona
Father Z. — Analysis of Statement of Diocese of Winona

Sermon on Summorum Pontificum by Rev. Richard G. Cipolla

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 24, 2007

News & Analysis

California Catholic on use of new lectionary - “Until such time that the Ecclesia Dei Commission gives further direction”

Statement of Bishop Bernard Harrington - Diocese of Winona
Father Z. — Analysis of Statement of Diocese of Winona

Sermon on Summorum Pontificum by Rev. Richard G. Cipolla

Tulsa World - Reinstated Latin Mass will reduce nonsense

Boston Herald - Latin Mass a Fading Tradition

From Cardinal Sean's Blog -

After my return from vacation, I was very pleased to see so many messages on the blog regarding the motu proprio.
Practical Catechisis in New Jersey

Karl Keating - A Latin Mass Dream

Resource
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!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 23, 2007

News & Analysis

Boston Herald - Latin Mass a Fading Tradition

From Cardinal Sean's Blog -

After my return from vacation, I was very pleased to see so many messages on the blog regarding the motu proprio.

Practical Catechisis in New Jersey

Karl Keating - A Latin Mass Dream

Statement of the Bishop of Baton Rouge LA and Commentary by Father John Carville
Analysis - Father Zulsdorf

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville — Pope Benedict’s document on the use of the traditional Latin Mass

Pope Benedict Affirms the Connections Between New and Old Mass By Bishop Robert W. Finn Kansas City-St. Joseph

Resource
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!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 22, 2007

News & Analysis

Statement of the Bishop of Baton Rouge LA and Commentary by Father John Carville
Analysis - Father Zulsdorf

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville — Pope Benedict’s document on the use of the traditional Latin Mass

Pope Benedict Affirms the Connections Between New and Old Mass By Bishop Robert W. Finn Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sacred Heart University - Expert available for comment on “Latin mass”: implications for christian-jewish relations. CMR -Analysis on Sacred Heart Statement

Resource
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!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.





Statement of the Bishop of Baton Rouge LA and Commentary by Father John Carville

Another Perspective

by Father John Carville

Are we reverting back to the old Latin Mass? If so, why?

God bless the Catholic Church. We can't stay out of the headlines. At least it isn't sex scandals this time, but what the Pope hopes will be a step toward reconciliation with a minority of Catholics who do not want to let go of the old Latin Mass that was celebrated before the Second Vatican Council. The updated liturgy by which we now worship, using our own language, was promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970 according to norms written by the bishops of Vatican II. Positive though the intention is of Pope Benedict's recent expanded permission to celebrate the Latin Mass of the Council of Trent in its last edition promulgated by Pope John XXIII in 1962, it has caused some confusion and left unanswered questions.

Pope Benedict's document, "Summorum Pontificum", actually just expands a permission given by Pope John Paul II in 1988 to bishops, allowing them to have the old liturgy in their dioceses under limited circumstances. Now a pastor can make that decision in his own parish if there is an ongoing community of people who request to worship in Latin according to the old rite. Any priest can now use the old Latin rite for private Masses (those not in the normal parish schedule) and laity can attend, if they choose. But the priest, of course, has to know Latin and be trained in that rite, and the church has to be suited to that liturgy, which is not the case in many of our present churches. Only a few, for instance, still have altar rails. These were removed in renovated churches and not included in new ones to honor a major emphasis of Vatican II, namely, the unity of priest and congregation as the "people of God" in worship.

This permission does not begin until September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. There will be problems in implementing it, although Pope Benedict does not think they will be great, according to a letter he wrote to his bishops on July 7. He acknowledges their reservations about this move, but says that their two main fears are permission will call into question one of the essential decisions of Vatican II, liturgical reform. The Pope assures the bishops that the vernacular Mass of the Council will remain the "normal form... of the Eucharistic Liturgy." The old Latin Mass of 1962 will be simply an "extraordinary form." The second fear, also unfounded, the Pope thinks, is that the wider use of the 1962 Missal will lead to "disarray or even divisions within parish communities." Pope Benedict says that this will not happen because, "The use of the old Missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language; neither of these is found very often."

The Pope may be underestimating the strength of novelty in our modern culture. I see it every day among university students. Our priests, especially those pastoring two or three parishes, are probably cringing at the thought of having to brush up on their Latin, if they still remember any, to say extra Masses for a handful of people. And only a few churches in our diocese remain suited to the old Latin Mass. However, we are prepared to meet the substance of Pope Benedict's changes since long ago Bishop Ott and all of his successors have already given permission for the old Latin Mass to be celebrated at St. Agnes Church. The Pope mentions naming one parish a "personal parish" as a suitable response to his instructions. Those seeking a Latin parish.

There is a mystique in the ancient Latin, the Gregorian chant, the smells and the bells of the old rite. However, as with most things foreign, most of us rather quickly begin to yearn for that which feels more natural, more easily understood. Most of the Hispanic people, for whom I offer a Spanish Mass on Sundays at LSU, actually speak English. But they pray in Spanish.

A fundamental liturgical principle is involved here that was beautifully ex- of Vatican II, a bishop familiar with a rite far older than our Latin, Tridentine one dating from the 16th Century. This most convincing argument came from an Eastern rite patriarch, Maximus IV Saigh of Antioch. He said that from the perspective of the Eastern rite it was strange that the presider in the liturgy would use a language that differed from that of his congregation, who in turn had to pray in a language they did not understand. "A living Church has no use for a dead language." Since it is the instrument of the Holy Spirit, language should be living.

The vernacular Mass we now use has to remain the ordinary and normative rite for our liturgy. Strangely missing from the documents we have received so far from Rome on these liturgical changes is any reference to the two-fold focus of Vatican II's Constitution on the Liturgy. The active participation of the laity offering themselves to God with Christ in the of the document. The old Latin liturgy had long relegated the laity to the role of passive observers. The return to the vernacular was a way of reestablishing contact with the common people by enabling them to pray the Eucharist in an understandable way. Likewise it made it possible for them to take active roles as lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, song leaders and musicians. The Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Montini, who would guide the council to its conclusion as Paul VI, noted that the basic center of approval for the document came from the fact that in it the liturgy was for the people and not the other way around.

The second goal of the Council was renewed emphasis on Sacred Scripture in the Liturgy of the Word. There was much praise from the Vatican II Fathers for the biblical character of the text and joy that it would contribute greatly to the promotion of active participation in the liturgy. In the Vatican II calendar of the Mass, virtually the entire Bible is presented over a three- year cycle. This has been so successful for the promotion of Scripture that most mainline Protestant churches have adopted the same cycle of readings. In comparison, the readings of the old Latin Missal are greatly restricted. Where feasts coincide in the two missals, the Pope's "motu proprio" seems to allow substitution, but if the old missal is used throughout the year, the scriptural renewal of the liturgy will be lost.

We must remember that it is Catholic faith that the teachings of Ecumenical Councils in union with the pope are guided by the Holy Spirit. They are the result of debate, but in this case the voice of the Spirit seems to have been heard rather clearly. The vote approving the Constitution on the Liturgy was 2,162 for and 46 against. Seven votes were invalid. The Holy Spirit had lined up his votes rather well. We forget so soon, and in the name of tradition.

Source http://www.diobr.org/tcc/2007/070718tccbts.pdf

Friday, July 20, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 20, 2007

News & Analysis

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville — Pope Benedict’s document on the use of the traditional Latin Mass

Pope Benedict Affirms the Connections Between New and Old Mass By Bishop Robert W. Finn Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sacred Heart University - Expert available for comment on “Latin mass”: implications for christian-jewish relations. CMR -Analysis on Sacred Heart Statement

Archbishop Burke Speaks to Confraternity; Clergy Voice Their Full Support


Statement from Boston Following the Recent Release Of the Motu Proprio

Excerpt:Cardinal O'Malley has recently stated that based on his participation at the meeting in Rome, it is his understanding that the elements of the Good Friday services which are understandably objectionable to our Jewish and ecumenical brothers and sisters are not permitted to be used in the celebration of the Tridentine Rite.

UPI - Latin mass change praised by Jewish leader

Cardinal Egan of the Archdiocese of New York - Room for All
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


Resource
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!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.




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
Excerpt:
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

Resource
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!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 18, 2007

News & Analysis

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.

The Catholic Virginian - Editorial
Excerpt:
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
In Defense of Pope Benedict XVI by Micah Halpern
The view from New Jersey - Latin Mass may be easier said than done
NCReporter - Full participation before all else

First Things - The Jewishness of the Roman Rite HT to Closed Cafeteria
Letter from a New Orleans Jesuit Parish
Fr. Zuhlsdorf - Bp. Lori of Bridgeport on MP: what a pleasure!

Diocesan Reactions
Diocese of Allentown PA

Resource
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!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 17, 2007

News & Analysis

NCReporter - Full participation before all else

First Things - The Jewishness of the Roman Rite HT to Closed Cafeteria
Letter from a New Orleans Jesuit Parish
Fr. Zuhlsdorf - Bp. Lori of Bridgeport on MP: what a pleasure!

Zenit - Father Lombardi: Liturgy Draws Toward Unity
San Luis Obispo - Latin Mass to be resurrected in county
Gloucester Daily Times - Cape lukewarm to Latin Mass
Bucks County Courier Times - Catholics mixed on Latin Mass

Monday, July 16, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 16, 2007

News & Commentary

**Pope Benedict uses older ritual for his private Mass
Liturgy and Ecumenism: How to Apply Vatican Council II by by Sandro Magister
NLM - The 1962's Missal's glorious lack of options
U.S. bishops aren't doing cartwheels over pope's order on Latin Mass
The view from North Jersey - Latin Mass excites Catholic traditionalists in North Jersey
Commonweal - The Vernacular: Setting the Record Straight
Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Analysis Steubenville, Bp. Conlon, and Summorum Pontificum
Article by Fr Guy Nicholls in the 15 July parish newsletter of the Birmingham Oratory (UK).
The Tablet - Beyond language - Mark Francis

Diocesan Reactions

Diocese of Gary, IN - BISHOP MELCZEK
Diocese of Bridgeport, CT - THE MOST REVEREND WILLIAM E. LORI, S.T.D.,
Diocese of Peoria, Ill - The Catholic Post

Resource
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!


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 15, 2007

News & Commentary

Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Analysis Steubenville, Bp. Conlon, and Summorum Pontificum
Article by Fr Guy Nicholls in the 15 July parish newsletter of the Birmingham Oratory (UK).
The Tablet - Beyond language - Mark Francis
The View from Virginia - Catholics split on newly-revived Latin Mass
The view from Pittsburgh - Demand may rise with Pope's approval of Latin Mass
The view from Peoria - Ancient Latin Mass given new freedom
Bishop D'Arcy (of Fort Wayne - South Bend) responds to pope's decree - Asks FSSP fopr help.
Zenit - French Prelate Welcomes "Summorum Pontificum"
Pope Extends Use of the "1962 Missal"-- What Does this Mean? By Helen Hull Hitchcock

Diocesan Reactions

Diocese of Gary, IN - BISHOP MELCZEK
Diocese of Bridgeport, CT - THE MOST REVEREND WILLIAM E. LORI, S.T.D.,
Diocese of Peoria, Ill - The Catholic Post

Resource
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!


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 14, 2007

News & Commentary

Bishop D'Arcy (of Fort Wayne - South Bend) responds to pope's decree - Asks FSSP fopr help.
Zenit - French Prelate Welcomes "Summorum Pontificum"
Pope Extends Use of the "1962 Missal"-- What Does this Mean? By Helen Hull Hitchcock
Alcuin Reid in The Catholic Herald
WSJ - The Language of Tradition BY RAYMOND ARROYO
The Sky is Not Falling, the Church is awakening!by Deacon Keith A Fournier
CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese

Diocesan Statements

Bishop John Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Statement of the Diocese of Orange, CA

Resource
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!


Friday, July 13, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 13, 2007

News & Commentary

Alcuin Reid in The Catholic Herald
WSJ - The Language of Tradition BY RAYMOND ARROYO
The Sky is Not Falling, the Church is awakening!by Deacon Keith A Fournier
CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese
A Triumph for Traditionalists by Patrick J. Buchanan
NY Daily News - Rev. Brian Jordan - Latin Mass is all Greek to most worshippers
Brian Mershon interview with Bishop Fellay on Summorum Pontificum
James Bemis - Gratitude for Summorum Pontificum

Diocesan Statements

Bishop John Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Statement of the Diocese of Orange, CA

Resource
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!


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 12, 2007

News & Commentary

CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese
Brian Mershon interview with Bishop Fellay on Summorum Pontificum
James Bemis - Gratitude for Summorum Pontificum
Zenit — German Cardinal Hails "Summorum Pontificum"
** David L Alexander — Clarification of the Diocese of Pittsburgh statement
Thomas Woods - Benedict XVI and the Great Liberation
Part Two of the Rorate Interview with Bishop Rifan
"I do not think that the Holy Father needs my advice"
Interview with Institute of Christ the King's Msgr. Schmitz on Summorum Pontificum

Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Analysis of MP Statement of Diocese of Orange
Note: If anyone can provide a link to a copy of this document please let me know. I cannot seem to locate it on the diocesan website.

Bradenton, FL - Local clergy supports revival of Latin Mass
Philadelphia Inquirer - Latin Mass Video


Diocesan Statements


Statement of Archbishop of Denver, CO - Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Statement from Bishop Trautman of Erie, PA on Summorum Pontificum

Resource
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!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 11, 2007

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Commentary

Motu Proprio is meant for those faithful to Vatican II and will change nothing for most Catholics, says Cardinal Ricard

The American Spectator - Lex Orandi — By Lisa Fabrizio

National Catholic Register - Why the Old Mass? — BY Father Raymond J. de Souza

Australia's ABC National Radio Panel Discussion with:
Transcript and Audio

John Pawlikowski
President of the International Council of Christians and Jews
Dr Alcuin Reid
Liturgist and author
Peter Williams
Executive Secretary of the National Liturgical Commission, Australia

Thomas Woods: Pope Benedict boosts Latin Mass toward comeback. HT Rorate Caeli

Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB - Coming soon to a church near you HT to Fr. Arsenius
Excerpt: The Latin Mass, for instance, in which the priest celebrates the Eucharist with his back to the people, in a foreign language -- much of it said silently or at best whispered -- makes the congregation, the laity, observers of the rite rather than participants in it.
Diocesan Statements


Philadelphia Inquirer - Reviving a Latin past

Diocesan Statements


Statement of the Diocese of Pittsburgh PA
Excerpt: "It is important to note that the celebration of the Roman Missal of Pope Blessed John XXIII is not permitted at regularly scheduled weekday or Sunday."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 10, 2007

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Statements

Statement of Archdiocese of San Antonio - Bishop José H. Gomez's
Statement of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY
Statement from Archdiocese of Washington - Archbishop Wuerl
Statement from Diocese of Lafayette La. - Bishop Jarrell


More Reaction

Father John Zuhlsdorf's Translation Watch

Statement by International Federation Una Voce
Interview granted by the Superior-General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), Father John Berg, to Brian Mershon. HT to Rorate Caeli

Translation and commentary of Polish Bishops on Summorum Pontificium
from Laodicea

Some International Episcopal Reaction


MOTU PROPRIO "SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM" - STATEMENT FROM ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS (Birmingham UK)
In a statement to his priests, on Saturday 7 July, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: "Pope Benedict's letter is a powerful appeal to us all to have open hearts when it comes to the form of the Mass. The Pope insists that we speak not of 'old' and 'new' rites but of two forms of the one Rite of the Mass."
The Archbishop of Birmingham added: "In recent years, whenever a priest has asked for the private use of the 1962 Missal I have given permission and, generally speaking, provision has been made for groups which have requested this same celebration of Mass."


Diocese of Westminster (UK)
Bishops welcome Pope's call for unity - Apostolic letter Motu Proprio data
The Bishops of England and Wales have welcomed the Apostolic letter Motu Proprio data from Pope Benedict XVI, in which he focused on the importance of unity within the Church in celebrating the Eucharist... More


Statement from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland:
"The publication of the document on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970 reflects the pastoral concern of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for those who find themselves drawn to that form of the Eucharistic celebration – a pastoral concern which the Bishops of Scotland share...more

Monday, July 9, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 9, 2007

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Today's Analysis and News

Rorate Caeli - Interview with Cardinal Castrillón
Zenit - Bishops Welcome "Summorum Pontificum"
Rorate Caeli - Summorum Notes: The priest's unalienable right to the Traditional Mass
The significance of "Private Masses"

Zenit - An interview with Father John Zuhlsdorf
Richard John Neuhaus - The Pope’s Liturgical Liberalism

Statements by U.S. Bishops
Statement by Bishop of Green Bay WI - Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Statement by Bishop of Manchester NH - John B. McCormack
Statement from Bishop of New Orleans - Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes
Statement of The Archdiocese of Miami
Statement from Bishop of Brownsville TX - Bishop Raymundo J. Peña
Statement of the Diocese of Camden NJ
Statement of Bishop of Grand Rapids, MI -Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley

Full List

Media Coverage
Asia News - Indian Church welcomes return to Tridentine Mass
Time Magazine -Why the Pope is Boosting Latin Mass

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - Round Up


Documents

Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum - English
Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum - Latin

Letter Accompanying the Motu Proprio - English
Letter Accompanying the Motu Proprio - Spanish
Letter Accompanying the Motu Proprio - Other languages

USCCB Twenty Questions on the Apostolic Letter
Holy See Press Office - Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio

U.S. Diocesan Official Reactions Note: This is work in progress.

Analysis & Reaction

Added 9-July-07
Rorate Caeli - Interview with Cardinal Castrillón

Added 8-July-07

Fr John Boyle - Summorum Pontificum on the "Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970" HT to Fr. Tim Finigan
Rorate Caeli - Axes of Interpretation
Jimmy Akin - Commentary on Summorum Pontificum

7-July-2007

Fr. Z. at WDTPRS
Fr. Z's Analysis of AP coverage

Rorate Caeli - Interview with Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of the Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney in Campos Brazil

NLM - Comments upon the Motu Proprio
NLM - Comments upon the Explanatory Letter

Gerald Augustinus' Cliff Notes on the Apostolic Letter
Gerald Augustinus' Cliff Notes on the Motu Proprio

CWN - Pope broadens access to 1962 Mass
Sandro Magister - Benedict XVI Liberalizes the Ancient Rite of the Mass – And Explains Why
Damian Thompson - The Pope speaks on the Latin Mass

SSPX Reaction in English French
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest - Press Release

News Coverage

Added 8-July-2007
NECN - Video - Popes Eases Restictions on Latin Mass
CNN - Video - Return of the Latin Mass
PBS Religion and Ethics

Added 7-July-2007
Chicago Tribune - Will return to Latin have mass appeal?
CNS - Pope relaxes restrictions on use of Tridentine Mass
Reuters - Pope revives old Latin Mass, says fears unfounded
AP -USA Today - Pope frees up use of old Latin Mass
Asia News - Pope: faithful may have “Tridentine” Mass if they wish
BBC - Pope ends Latin Mass restriction



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U.S. Diocesan Official Reactions

This is a list of the Official Responses of U.S. Dioceses to the motu proprio Summorum Pontficum.
Note: This list is a work in progress and may take some time. If you are aware of a statement not listed below, please add it to the comments. Help is greatly appreciated.

Province of Anchorage

The Ecclesiastical Province of Anchorage comprises the state of Alaska.

* Archdiocese of Anchorage
* Diocese of Fairbanks
* Diocese of Juneau

Province of Atlanta

The Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta comprises the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

* Archdiocese of Atlanta
* Diocese of Charleston
* Diocese of Charlotte
* Diocese of Raleigh
* Diocese of Savannah

Province of Baltimore

The Ecclesiastical Province of Baltimore comprises all but five counties of the state of Maryland, and all of the states of Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Archdiocese of Baltimore
* Diocese of Arlington
* Diocese of Richmond
* Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
* Diocese of Wilmington (comprising Delaware and portions of Maryland, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)

Province of Boston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Boston comprises the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

* Archdiocese of Boston
* Diocese of Burlington
* Diocese of Fall River
* Diocese of Manchester
* Diocese of Portland
* Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts
* Diocese of Worcester

Province of Chicago

The Ecclesiastical Province of Chicago comprises the state of Illinois.

* Archdiocese of Chicago
* Diocese of Belleville
* Diocese of Joliet
* Diocese of Peoria
* Diocese of Rockford
* Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Province of Cincinnati

The Ecclesiastical Province of Cincinnati comprises the state of Ohio.

* Archdiocese of Cincinnati
* Diocese of Cleveland
* Diocese of Columbus
* Diocese of Steubenville
* Diocese of Toledo
* Diocese of Youngstown

Province of Denver

The Ecclesiastical Province of Denver comprises the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

* Archdiocese of Denver
* Diocese of Cheyenne
* Diocese of Colorado Springs
* Diocese of Pueblo

Province of Detroit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit comprises the state of Michigan.

* Archdiocese of Detroit
* Diocese of Gaylord
* Diocese of Grand Rapids
* Diocese of Kalamazoo
* Diocese of Lansing
* Diocese of Marquette
* Diocese of Saginaw

Province of Dubuque

The Ecclesiastical Province of Dubuque comprises the state of Iowa.

* Archdiocese of Dubuque
* Diocese of Davenport
* Diocese of Des Moines
* Diocese of Sioux City

Province of Galveston-Houston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Galveston-Houston comprises the eastern counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
* Diocese of Austin
* Diocese of Beaumont
* Diocese of Brownsville
* Diocese of Corpus Christi
* Diocese of Tyler
* Diocese of Victoria in Texas

Province of Hartford

The Ecclesiastical Province of Hartford comprises the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

* Archdiocese of Hartford
* Diocese of Bridgeport
* Diocese of Norwich
* Diocese of Providence

Province of Indianapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Indianapolis comprises the state of Indiana.

* Archdiocese of Indianapolis
* Diocese of Evansville
* Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
* Diocese of Gary
* Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Province of Kansas City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Kansas City comprises the state of Kansas.

* Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
* Diocese of Dodge City
* Diocese of Salina
* Diocese of Wichita

Province of Los Angeles

The Eccclesiastical Province of Los Angeles comprises the southern and central counties of the state of California.

* Archdiocese of Los Angeles
* Diocese of Fresno
* Diocese of Monterey
* Diocese of Orange
* Diocese of San Bernardino
* Diocese of San Diego

Province of Louisville

The Ecclesiastical Province of Louisville comprises the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

* Archdiocese of Louisville
* Diocese of Covington
* Diocese of Knoxville
* Diocese of Lexington
* Diocese of Memphis
* Diocese of Nashville
* Diocese of Owensboro

Province of Miami

The Ecclesiastical Province of Miami comprises the state of Florida.

* Archdiocese of Miami
* Diocese of Orlando
* Diocese of Palm Beach
* Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
* Diocese of St. Augustine
* Diocese of St. Petersburg
* Diocese of Venice

Province of Milwaukee

The Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee comprises the state of Wisconsin.

* Archdiocese of Milwaukee
* Diocese of Green Bay
* Diocese of La Crosse
* Diocese of Madison
* Diocese of Superior

Province of Mobile

The Ecclesiastical Province of Mobile comprises the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

* Archdiocese of Mobile
* Diocese of Biloxi
* Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
* Diocese of Jackson

Province of New Orleans

The Ecclesiastical Province of New Orleans comprises the state of Louisiana.

* Archdiocese of New Orleans
* Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana
* Diocese of Baton Rouge
* Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
* Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana
* Diocese of Lake Charles
* Diocese of Shreveport

Province of New York

The Ecclesiastical Province of New York comprises the state of New York.

* Archdiocese of New York
* Diocese of Albany
* Diocese of Brooklyn
* Diocese of Buffalo
* Diocese of Ogdensburg
* Diocese of Rochester
* Diocese of Rockville Centre
* Diocese of Syracuse

Province of Newark

The Ecclesiastical Province of Newark comprises the state of New Jersey.

* Archdiocese of Newark
* Diocese of Camden
* Diocese of Metuchen
* Diocese of Paterson
* Diocese of Trenton

Province of Oklahoma City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Oklahoma City comprises the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

* Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
* Diocese of Little Rock
* Diocese of Tulsa

Province of Omaha

The Ecclesiastical Province of Omaha comprises the state of Nebraska.

* Archdiocese of Omaha
* Diocese of Grand Island
* Diocese of Lincoln

Province of Philadelphia

The Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia comprises the state of Pennsylvania.

* Archdiocese of Philadelphia
* Diocese of Allentown
* Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
* Diocese of Erie
* Diocese of Greensburg
* Diocese of Harrisburg
* Diocese of Pittsburgh
* Diocese of Scranton

Province of Portland

The Ecclesiastical Province of Portland comprises the states of Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

* Archdiocese of Portland
* Diocese of Baker
* Diocese of Boise
* Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
* Diocese of Helena

Province of Saint Louis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Louis comprises the state of Missouri.

* Archdiocese of Saint Louis
* Diocese of Jefferson City
* Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph
* Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis comprises the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

* Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
* Diocese of Bismarck
* Diocese of Crookston
* Diocese of Duluth
* Diocese of Fargo
* Diocese of New Ulm
* Diocese of Rapid City
* Diocese of Saint Cloud
* Diocese of Sioux Falls
* Diocese of Winona

Province of San Antonio

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Antonio comprises the western counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of San Antonio
* Diocese of Amarillo
* Diocese of Dallas
* Diocese of El Paso
* Diocese of Fort Worth
* Diocese of Laredo
* Diocese of Lubbock
* Diocese of San Angelo

Province of San Francisco

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco comprises the northern counties of the state of California and all of the states of Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

* Archdiocese of San Francisco
* Diocese of Honolulu
* Diocese of Las Vegas
* Diocese of Oakland
* Diocese of Reno
* Diocese of Sacramento
* Diocese of Salt Lake City
* Diocese of San Jose in California
* Diocese of Santa Rosa in California
* Diocese of Stockton

Province of Santa Fe

The Ecclesiastical Province of Santa Fe comprises the states of Arizona and New Mexico.

* Archdiocese of Santa Fe
* Diocese of Gallup (comprising portions of New Mexico and Arizona, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)
* Diocese of Las Cruces
* Diocese of Phoenix
* Diocese of Tucson

Province of Seattle

The Ecclesiastical Province of Seattle comprises the state of Washington.

* Archdiocese of Seattle
* Diocese of Spokane
* Diocese of Yakima

Province of Washington

The Ecclesiastical Province of Washington comprises the District of Columbia, five neighboring counties in Maryland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

* Archdiocese of Washington
* Diocese of Saint Thomas

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Press Release from the General Superior of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X

By the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI has reinstated the Tridentine Mass in its rights, and clearly affirmed that the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint Pius V had never been abrogated. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X rejoices to see the Church thus regain her liturgical Tradition, and give the possibility of a free access to the treasure of the Traditional Mass for the glory of God, the good of the Church and the salvation of souls, to the priests and faithful who had so far been deprived of it. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X extends its deep gratitude to the Sovereign Pontiff for this great spiritual benefit.

The letter which accompanies the Motu Proprio does not hide however the difficulties that still remain. The Society of Saint Pius X wishes that the favorable climate established by the new dispositions of the Holy See will make it possible – after the decree of excommunication which still affects its bishops has been withdrawn – to consider more serenely the disputed doctrinal issues.

Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law of the liturgy is that of the faith. In the fidelity to the spirit of our founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the attachment of the Society of Saint Pius X to the traditional liturgy is inseparably united to the faith which has been professed "always, everywhere and by all."

Menzingen, July 7, 2007

Bishop Bernard Fellay

Peoria

From the Catholic Post

Tridentine Mass ruling: diocese expects little change

Very little is expected to change in parishes throughout the Diocese of Peoria as a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to allow the Tridentine rite of the Mass to be offered on a regular basis to those who desire it.

"For any Catholic who is afraid that suddenly their average Sunday Mass is going to change, it’s not," said Father Stanley Deptula, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. "This is not going to affect our average priest or our average parishioner."

He explained that the pope’s apostolic letter, "Summorum Pontificum," simply provides a greater opportunity to seek out this form of liturgical spirituality for those who do hunger for it.

"Where there has been interest in the ‘extraordinary form’ of the Roman Rite, the mandate to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 missal had been generously granted and will continue to be encouraged," Father Deptula said in a statement released to the clergy of the diocese this week.

He urged them to avoid a "sensational interpretation" of this issue, since major changes are not foreseen in the parishes of central Illinois. Further comment and instructions from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky are expected in the coming weeks.

In the Diocese of Peoria, Masses celebrated with the 1962 missal are already being offered on Sunday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Fairbury, and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville.

"If there are Catholics who want to know more about this Mass, I would encourage them to seek out those two parishes that regularly offer it," Father Deptula said.

Summorum Pontificum - English

APOSTOLIC LETTER
SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
BENEDICT XVI
GIVEN MOTU PROPRIO
__________________


Up to our own times, it has been the constant concern of supreme pontiffs to ensure that the Church of Christ offers a worthy ritual to the Divine Majesty, 'to the praise and glory of His name,' and 'to the benefit of all His Holy Church.'

Since time immemorial it has been necessary - as it is also for the future - to maintain the principle according to which 'each particular Church must concur with the universal Church, not only as regards the doctrine of the faith and the sacramental signs, but also as regards the usages universally accepted by uninterrupted apostolic tradition, which must be observed not only to avoid errors but also to transmit the integrity of the faith, because the Church's law of prayer corresponds to her law of faith.' (1)

Among the pontiffs who showed that requisite concern, particularly outstanding is the name of St. Gregory the Great, who made every effort to ensure that the new peoples of Europe received both the Catholic faith and the treasures of worship and culture that had been accumulated by the Romans in preceding centuries. He commanded that the form of the sacred liturgy as celebrated in Rome (concerning both the Sacrifice of Mass and the Divine Office) be conserved. He took great concern to ensure the dissemination of monks and nuns who, following the Rule of St. Benedict, together with the announcement of the Gospel illustrated with their lives the wise provision of their Rule that 'nothing should be placed before the work of God.' In this way the sacred liturgy, celebrated according to the Roman use, enriched not only the faith and piety but also the culture of many peoples. It is known, in fact, that the Latin liturgy of the Church in its various forms, in each century of the Christian era, has been a spur to the spiritual life of many saints, has reinforced many peoples in the virtue of religion and fecundated their piety.

Many other Roman pontiffs, in the course of the centuries, showed particular solicitude in ensuring that the sacred liturgy accomplished this task more effectively. Outstanding among them is St. Pius V who, sustained by great pastoral zeal and following the exhortations of the Council of Trent, renewed the entire liturgy of the Church, oversaw the publication of liturgical books amended and 'renewed in accordance with the norms of the Fathers,' and provided them for the use of the Latin Church.

One of the liturgical books of the Roman rite is the Roman Missal, which developed in the city of Rome and, with the passing of the centuries, little by little took forms very similar to that it has had in recent times.

'It was towards this same goal that succeeding Roman Pontiffs directed their energies during the subsequent centuries in order to ensure that the rites and liturgical books were brought up to date and when necessary clarified. From the beginning of this century they undertook a more general reform.' (2) Thus our predecessors Clement VIII, Urban VIII, St. Pius X (3), Benedict XV, Pius XII and Blessed John XXIII all played a part.

In more recent times, Vatican Council II expressed a desire that the respectful reverence due to divine worship should be renewed and adapted to the needs of our time. Moved by this desire our predecessor, the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, approved, in 1970, reformed and partly renewed liturgical books for the Latin Church. These, translated into the various languages of the world, were willingly accepted by bishops, priests and faithful. John Paul II amended the third typical edition of the Roman Missal. Thus Roman pontiffs have operated to ensure that 'this kind of liturgical edifice ... should again appear resplendent for its dignity and harmony.' (4)

But in some regions, no small numbers of faithful adhered and continue to adhere with great love and affection to the earlier liturgical forms. These had so deeply marked their culture and their spirit that in 1984 the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, moved by a concern for the pastoral care of these faithful, with the special indult 'Quattuor abhinc anno," issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, granted permission to use the Roman Missal published by Blessed John XXIII in the year 1962. Later, in the year 1988, John Paul II with the Apostolic Letter given as Motu Proprio, 'Ecclesia Dei,' exhorted bishops to make generous use of this power in favor of all the faithful who so desired.

Following the insistent prayers of these faithful, long deliberated upon by our predecessor John Paul II, and after having listened to the views of the Cardinal Fathers of the Consistory of 22 March 2006, having reflected deeply upon all aspects of the question, invoked the Holy Spirit and trusting in the help of God, with these Apostolic Letters we establish the following:

Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the 'Lex orandi' (Law of prayer) of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite. Nonetheless, the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and reissued by Bl. John XXIII is to be considered as an extraordinary expression of that same 'Lex orandi,' and must be given due honour for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church's Lex orandi will in no any way lead to a division in the Church's 'Lex credendi' (Law of belief). They are, in fact two usages of the one Roman rite.

It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Liturgy of the Church. The conditions for the use of this Missal as laid down by earlier documents 'Quattuor abhinc annis' and 'Ecclesia Dei,' are substituted as follows:

Art. 2. In Masses celebrated without the people, each Catholic priest of the Latin rite, whether secular or regular, may use the Roman Missal published by Bl. Pope John XXIII in 1962, or the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970, and may do so on any day with the exception of the Easter Triduum. For such celebrations, with either one Missal or the other, the priest has no need for permission from the Apostolic See or from his Ordinary.

Art. 3. Communities of Institutes of consecrated life and of Societies of apostolic life, of either pontifical or diocesan right, wishing to celebrate Mass in accordance with the edition of the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962, for conventual or "community" celebration in their oratories, may do so. If an individual community or an entire Institute or Society wishes to undertake such celebrations often, habitually or permanently, the decision must be taken by the Superiors Major, in accordance with the law and following their own specific decrees and statues.

Art. 4. Celebrations of Mass as mentioned above in art. 2 may - observing all the norms of law - also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will, ask to be admitted.

Art. 5. õ 1 In parishes, where there is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition, the pastor should willingly accept their requests to celebrate the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962, and ensure that the welfare of these faithful harmonises with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the guidance of the bishop in accordance with canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church. õ 2 Celebration in accordance with the Missal of Bl. John XXIII may take place on working days; while on Sundays and feast days one such celebration may also be held. õ 3 For faithful and priests who request it, the pastor should also allow celebrations in this extraordinary form for special circumstances such as marriages, funerals or occasional celebrations, e.g. pilgrimages. õ 4 Priests who use the Missal of Bl. John XXIII must be qualified to do so and not juridically impeded. õ 5 In churches that are not parish or conventual churches, it is the duty of the Rector of the church to grant the above permission.

Art. 6. In Masses celebrated in the presence of the people in accordance with the Missal of Bl. John XXIII, the readings may be given in the vernacular, using editions recognised by the Apostolic See.

Art. 7. If a group of lay faithful, as mentioned in art. 5 õ 1, has not obtained satisfaction to their requests from the pastor, they should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is strongly requested to satisfy their wishes. If he cannot arrange for such celebration to take place, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei".

Art. 8. A bishop who, desirous of satisfying such requests, but who for various reasons is unable to do so, may refer the problem to the Commission "Ecclesia Dei" to obtain counsel and assistance.

Art. 9. õ 1 The pastor, having attentively examined all aspects, may also grant permission to use the earlier ritual for the administration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, Penance, and the Anointing of the Sick, if the good of souls would seem to require it. õ 2 Ordinaries are given the right to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation using the earlier Roman Pontifical, if the good of souls would seem to require it. õ 2 Clerics ordained "in sacris constitutis" may use the Roman Breviary promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962.

Art. 10. The ordinary of a particular place, if he feels it appropriate, may erect a personal parish in accordance with can. 518 for celebrations following the ancient form of the Roman rite, or appoint a chaplain, while observing all the norms of law.

Art. 11. The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", erected by John Paul II in 1988 (5), continues to exercise its function. Said Commission will have the form, duties and norms that the Roman Pontiff wishes to assign it.

Art. 12. This Commission, apart from the powers it enjoys, will exercise the authority of the Holy See, supervising the observance and application of these dispositions.

We order that everything We have established with these Apostolic Letters issued as Motu Proprio be considered as "established and decreed", and to be observed from 14 September of this year, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, whatever there may be to the contrary.

From Rome, at St. Peter's, 7 July 2007, third year of Our Pontificate.
BENEDICT XVI

" (1) General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 3rd ed., 2002, no. 397. (2) John Paul II, Apostolic Letter "Vicesimus quintus annus," 4 December 1988, 3: AAS 81 (1989), 899.

(3) Ibid. (4) St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Motu propio data, "Abhinc duos annos," 23 October 1913: AAS 5 (1913), 449-450; cf John Paul II, Apostolic Letter "Vicesimus quintus annus," no. 3: AAS 81 (1989), 899. (5) Cf John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Motu proprio data "Ecclesia Dei," 2 July 1988, 6: AAS 80 (1988), 1498.


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Letter to Accompany Summorum Pontificum

My dear Brother Bishops,

With great trust and hope, I am consigning to you as Pastors the text of a new Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer.

News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no little confusion. There have been very divergent reactions ranging from joyful acceptance to harsh opposition, about a plan whose contents were in reality unknown.

This document was most directly opposed on account of two fears, which I would like to address somewhat more closely in this letter.

In the first place, there is the fear that the document detracts from the authority of the Second Vatican Council, one of whose essential decisions � the liturgical reform � is being called into question. This fear is unfounded. In this regard, it must first be said that the Missal published by Paul VI and then republished in two subsequent editions by John Paul II, obviously is and continues to be the normal Form � the Forma ordinaria � of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The last version of the Missale Romanum prior to the Council, which was published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962 and used during the Council, will now be able to be used as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgical celebration. It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were "two Rites". Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite.

As for the use of the 1962 Missal as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted. At the time of the introduction of the new Missal, it did not seem necessary to issue specific norms for the possible use of the earlier Missal. Probably it was thought that it would be a matter of a few individual cases which would be resolved, case by case, on the local level. Afterwards, however, it soon became apparent that a good number of people remained strongly attached to this usage of the Roman Rite, which had been familiar to them from childhood. This was especially the case in countries where the liturgical movement had provided many people with a notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier Form of the liturgical celebration. We all know that, in the movement led by Archbishop Lefebvre, fidelity to the old Missal became an external mark of identity; the reasons for the break which arose over this, however, were at a deeper level. Many people who clearly accepted the binding character of the Second Vatican Council, and were faithful to the Pope and the Bishops, nonetheless also desired to recover the form of the sacred liturgy that was dear to them. This occurred above all because in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear. I am speaking from experience, since I too lived through that period with all its hopes and its confusion. And I have seen how arbitrary deformations of the liturgy caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church.

Pope John Paul II thus felt obliged to provide, in his Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei (2 July 1988), guidelines for the use of the 1962 Missal; that document, however, did not contain detailed prescriptions but appealed in a general way to the generous response of Bishops towards the "legitimate aspirations" of those members of the faithful who requested this usage of the Roman Rite. At the time, the Pope primarily wanted to assist the Society of Saint Pius X to recover full unity with the Successor of Peter, and sought to heal a wound experienced ever more painfully. Unfortunately this reconciliation has not yet come about. Nonetheless, a number of communities have gratefully made use of the possibilities provided by the Motu Proprio. On the other hand, difficulties remain concerning the use of the 1962 Missal outside of these groups, because of the lack of precise juridical norms, particularly because Bishops, in such cases, frequently feared that the authority of the Council would be called into question. Immediately after the Second Vatican Council it was presumed that requests for the use of the 1962 Missal would be limited to the older generation which had grown up with it, but in the meantime it has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them. Thus the need has arisen for a clearer juridical regulation which had not been foreseen at the time of the 1988 Motu Proprio. The present Norms are also meant to free Bishops from constantly having to evaluate anew how they are to respond to various situations.

In the second place, the fear was expressed in discussions about the awaited Motu Proprio, that the possibility of a wider use of the 1962 Missal would lead to disarray or even divisions within parish communities. This fear also strikes me as quite unfounded. The use of the old Missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language; neither of these is found very often. Already from these concrete presuppositions, it is clearly seen that the new Missal will certainly remain the ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, not only on account of the juridical norms, but also because of the actual situation of the communities of the faithful.

It is true that there have been exaggerations and at times social aspects unduly linked to the attitude of the faithful attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition. Your charity and pastoral prudence will be an incentive and guide for improving these. For that matter, the two Forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be mutually enriching: new Saints and some of the new Prefaces can and should be inserted in the old Missal. The "Ecclesia Dei" Commission, in contact with various bodies devoted to the usus antiquior, will study the practical possibilities in this regard. The celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI will be able to demonstrate, more powerfully than has been the case hitherto, the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage. The most sure guarantee that the Missal of Paul VI can unite parish communities and be loved by them consists in its being celebrated with great reverence in harmony with the liturgical directives. This will bring out the spiritual richness and the theological depth of this Missal.

I now come to the positive reason which motivated my decision to issue this Motu Proprio updating that of 1988. It is a matter of coming to an interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church. Looking back over the past, to the divisions which in the course of the centuries have rent the Body of Christ, one continually has the impression that, at critical moments when divisions were coming about, not enough was done by the Church�s leaders to maintain or regain reconciliation and unity. One has the impression that omissions on the part of the Church have had their share of blame for the fact that these divisions were able to harden. This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to unable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew. I think of a sentence in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where Paul writes: "Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return � widen your hearts also!" (2 Cor 6:11-13). Paul was certainly speaking in another context, but his exhortation can and must touch us too, precisely on this subject. Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.

There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church�s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place. Needless to say, in order to experience full communion, the priests of the communities adhering to the former usage cannot, as a matter of principle, exclude celebrating according to the new books. The total exclusion of the new rite would not in fact be consistent with the recognition of its value and holiness.

In conclusion, dear Brothers, I very much wish to stress that these new norms do not in any way lessen your own authority and responsibility, either for the liturgy or for the pastoral care of your faithful. Each Bishop, in fact, is the moderator of the liturgy in his own Diocese (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22: "Sacrae Liturgiae moderatio ab Ecclesiae auctoritate unice pendet quae quidem est apud Apostolicam Sedem et, ad normam iuris, apud Episcopum").

Nothing is taken away, then, from the authority of the Bishop, whose role remains that of being watchful that all is done in peace and serenity. Should some problem arise which the parish priest cannot resolve, the local Ordinary will always be able to intervene, in full harmony, however, with all that has been laid down by the new norms of the Motu Proprio.

Furthermore, I invite you, dear Brothers, to send to the Holy See an account of your experiences, three years after this Motu Proprio has taken effect. If truly serious difficulties come to light, ways to remedy them can be sought.

Dear Brothers, with gratitude and trust, I entrust to your hearts as Pastors these pages and the norms of the Motu Proprio. Let us always be mindful of the words of the Apostle Paul addressed to the presbyters of Ephesus: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the Church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son" (Acts 20:28).

I entrust these norms to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, dear Brothers, to the parish priests of your dioceses, and to all the priests, your co-workers, as well as to all your faithful.

Given at Saint Peter�s, 7 July 2007

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

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Summorum Pontificum - Latin

LITTERAE APOSTOLICAE
MOTU PROPRIO DATAE

BENEDICTUS XVI
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SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM cura ad hoc tempus usque semper fuit, ut Christi Ecclesia Divinae Maiestati cultum dignum offerret, «ad laudem et gloriam nominis Sui» et «ad utilitatem totius Ecclesiae Suae sanctae».

Ab immemorabili tempore sicut etiam in futurum, principium servandum est «iuxta quod unaquaeque Ecclesia particularis concordare debet cum universali Ecclesia non solum quoad fidei doctrinam et signa sacramentalia, sed etiam quoad usus universaliter acceptos ab apostolica et continua traditione, qui servandi sunt non solum ut errores vitentur, verum etiam ad fidei integritatem tradendam, quia Ecclesiae lex orandi eius legi credendi respondet»1.

Inter Pontífices qui talem debitam curam adhibuerunt, nomen excellit sancti Gregorii Magni, qui tam fidem catholicam quam thesauros cultus ac culturae a Romanis in saeculis praecedentibus cumulatos novis Europae populis transmittendos curavit. Sacrae Liturgiae tam Missae Sacrificii quam Officii Divini formam, uti in Urbe celebrabatur, definiri conservarique iussit. Monachos quoque et moniales maxime fovit, qui sub Regula sancti Benedicti militantes, ubique simul cum Evangelii annuntiatione illam quoque saluberrimam Regulae sententiam vita sua illustrarunt, «ut operi Dei nihil praeponatur» (cap. 43). Tali modo sacra liturgia secundum morem Romanum non solum fidem et pietatem sed et culturam multarum gentium fecundavit. Constat utique liturgiam latinam variis suis formis Ecclesiae in omnibus aetatis christianae saeculis permultos Sanctos in vita spirituali stimulasse atque tot populos in religionis virtute roborasse ac eorundem pietatem fecundasse.

Ut autem Sacra Liturgia hoc munus efficacius expleret, plures alii Romani Pontifices decursu saeculorum peculiarem sollicitudinem impenderunt, inter quos eminet Sanctus Pius V, qui magno cum studio pastorali, Concilio Tridentino exhortante, totum Ecclesiae cultum innovavit, librorum liturgicorum emendatorum et «ad normam Patrum instauratorum» editionem curavit eosque Ecclesiae latinae usui dedit.

Inter Ritus romani libros liturgicos patet eminere Missale Romanum, quod in romana urbe succrevit, atque succedentibus saeculis gradatim formas assumpsit, quae cum illa in generationibus recentioribus vigente magnam habent similitudinem.

«Quod idem omnino propositum tempore progrediente Pontifices Romani sunt persecuti, cum novas ad aetates accommodaverunt aut ritus librosque liturgicos determinaverunt, ac deinde cum ineunte hoc nostro saeculo ampliorem iam complexi sunt redintegrationem»2. Sic vero egerunt Decessores nostri Clemens VIII, Urbanus VIII, sanctus Pius X 3, Benedictus XV, Pius XII et beatus Ioannes XXIII.

Recentioribus autem temporibus, Concilium Vaticanum II desiderium expressit, ut debita observantia et reverentia erga cultum divinum denuo instauraretur ac necessitatibus nostrae aetatis aptaretur. Quo desiderio motus, Decessor noster Summus Pontifex Paulus VI libros liturgicos instauratos et partim innovatos anno 1970 Ecclesiae latinae approbavit; qui ubique terrarum permultas in linguas vulgares conversi, ab Episcopis atque a sacerdotibus et fidelibus libenter recepti sunt. Ioannes Paulus II, tertiam editionem typicam Missalis Romani recognovit. Sic Romani Pontifices operati sunt ut «hoc quasi aedificium liturgicum [...] rursus, dignitate splendidum et concinnitate» appareret 4.

Aliquibus autem in regionibus haud pauci fideles antecedentibus formis liturgicis, quae eorum culturam et spiritum tam profunde imbuerant, tanto amore et affectu adhaeserunt et adhaerere pergunt, ut Summus Pontifex Ioannes Paulus II, horum fidelium pastorali cura motus, anno 1984 speciali Indulto "Quattuor abhinc annos", a Congregatione pro Cultu Divino exarato, facultatem concessit utendi Missali Romano a Ioanne XXIII anno 1962 edito; anno autem 1988 Ioannes Paulus II iterum, litteris Apostolicis "Ecclesia Dei" Motu proprio datis, Episcopos exhortatus est ut talem facultatem late et generose in favorem omnium fidelium id petentium adhiberent.

Instantibus precibus horum fidelium iam a Praedecessore Nostro Ioanne Paulo II diu perpensis, auditis etiam a Nobis Patribus Cardinalibus in Concistorio die XXIII mensis martii anni 2006 habito, omnibus mature perpensis, invocato Spiritu Sancto et Dei freti auxilio, praesentibus Litteris Apostolicis DECERNIMUS quae sequuntur:

Art. 1. Missale Romanum a Paulo VI promulgatum ordinaria expressio "Legis orandi" Ecclesiae catholicae ritus latini est. Missale autem Romanum a S. Pio V promulgatum et a B. Ioanne XXIII denuo editum habeatur uti extraordinaria expressio eiusdem "Legis orandi" Ecclesiae et ob venerabilem et antiquum eius usum debito gaudeat honore. Hae duae expressiones "legis orandi" Ecclesiae, minime vero inducent in divisionem "legis credendi" Ecclesiae; sunt enim duo usus unici ritus romani.

Proinde Missae Sacrificium, iuxta editionem typicam Missalis Romani a B. Ioanne XXIII anno 1962 promulgatam et numquam abrogatam, uti formam extraordinariam Liturgiae Ecclesiae, celebrare licet. Conditiones vero a documentis antecedentibus "Quattuor abhinc annos" et "Ecclesia Dei" pro usu huius Missalis statutae, substituuntur ut sequitur:

Art. 2. In Missis sine populo celebratis, quilibet sacerdos catholicus ritus latini, sive saecularis sive religiosus, uti potest aut Missali Romano a beato Papa Ioanne XXIII anno 1962 edito, aut Missali Romano a Summo Pontifice Paulo VI anno 1970 promulgato, et quidem qualibet die, excepto Triduo Sacro. Ad talem celebrationem secundum unum alterumve Missale, sacerdos nulla eget licentia, nec Sedis Apostolicae nec Ordinarii sui.

Art. 3. Si communitates Institutorum vitae consecratae atque Societatum vitae apostolicae iuris sive pontificii sive dioecesani quae in celebratione conventuali seu "communitatis" in oratoriis propriis celebrationem sanctae Missae iuxta editionem Missalis Romani anno 1962 promulgatam habere cupiunt, id eis licet. Si singula communitas aut totum Institutum vel Societas tales celebrationes saepe vel plerumque vel permanenter perficere vult, res a Superioribus maioribus ad normam iuris et secundum leges et statuta particularia decernatur.

Art. 4. Ad celebrationes sanctae Missae de quibus supra in art. 2 admitti possunt, servatis de iure servandis, etiam christifideles qui sua sponte id petunt.

Art. 5, § 1. In paroeciis, ubi coetus fidelium traditioni liturgicae antecedenti adhaerentium continenter exsistit, parochus eorum petitiones ad celebrandam sanctam Missam iuxta ritum Missalis Romani anno 1962 editi, libenter suscipiat. Ipse videat ut harmonice concordetur bonum horum fidelium cum ordinaria paroeciae pastorali cura, sub Episcopi regimine ad normam canonis 392, discordiam vitando et totius Ecclesiae unitatem fovendo.

§ 2. Celebratio secundum Missale B. Ioannis XXIII locum habere potest diebus ferialibus; dominicis autem et festis una etiam celebratio huiusmodi fieri potest.

§ 3. Fidelibus seu sacerdotibus id petentibus, parochus celebrationes, hac in forma extraordinaria, permittat etiam in adiunctis peculiaribus, uti sunt matrimonia, exsequiae aut celebrationes occasionales, verbi gratia peregrinationes.

§ 4. Sacerdotes Missali B. Ioannis XXIII utentes, idonei esse debent ac iure non impediti.

§ 5. In ecclesiis, quae non sunt nec paroeciales nec conventuales, Rectoris ecclesiae est concedere licentiam de qua supra.

Art. 6. In Missis iuxta Missale B. Ioannis XXIII celebratis cum populo, Lectiones proclamari possunt etiam lingua vernacula, utendo editionibus ab Apostolica Sede recognitis.

Art. 7. Ubi aliquis coetus fidelium laicorum, de quo in art. 5 § 1 petita a parocho non obtinuerit, de re certiorem faciat Episcopum dioecesanum. Episcopus enixe rogatur ut eorum optatum exaudiat. Si ille ad huiusmodi celebrationem providere non potest res ad Pontificiam Commissionem "Ecclesia Dei" referatur.

Art. 8. Episcopus, qui vult providere huiusmodi petitionibus christifidelium laicorum, sed ob varias causas impeditur, rem Pontificiae Commissioni "Ecclesia Dei" committere potest, quae ei consilium et auxilium dabit.

Art. 9, § 1. Parochus item, omnibus bene perpensis, licentiam concedere potest utendi rituali antiquiore in administrandis sacramentis Baptismatis, Matrimonii, Poenitentiae et Unctionis Infirmorum, bono animarum id suadente.

§ 2. Ordinariis autem facultas conceditur celebrandi Confirmationis sacramentum utendo Pontificali Romano antiquo, bono animarum id suadente.

§ 3. Fas est clericis in sacris constitutis uti etiam Breviario Romano a B. Ioanne XXIII anno 1962 promulgato.

Art 10. Fas est Ordinario loci, si opportunum iudicaverit, paroeciam personalem ad normam canonis 518 pro celebrationibus iuxta formam antiquiorem ritus romani erigere aut rectorem vel cappellanum nominare, servatis de iure servandis.

Art. 11. Pontificia Commissio "Ecclesia Dei" a Ioanne Paulo II anno 1988 erecta5, munus suum adimplere pergit.

Quae Commissio formam, officia et normas agendi habeat, quae Romanus Pontifex ipsi attribuere voluerit.

Art. 12. Eadem Commissio, ultra facultates quibus iam gaudet, auctoritatem Sanctae Sedis exercebit, vigilando de observantia et applicatione harum dispositionum.

Quaecumque vero a Nobis hisce Litteris Apostolicis Motu proprio datis decreta sunt, ea omnia firma ac rata esse et a die decima quarta Septembris huius anni, in festo Exaltationis Sanctae Crucis, servari iubemus, contrariis quibuslibet rebus non obstantibus.

Datum Romae, apud Sanctum Petrum, die septima mensis Iulii, anno Domini MMVII, Pontificatus Nostri tertio.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
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1 Institutio generalis Missalis Romani, Editio tertia, 2002, 397
2 Ioannes Paulus Pp. II, Litt. ap. Vicesimus quintus annus (4 Decembris 1988), 3: AAS 81 (1989), 899.
3 Ibid.
4 Pius Pp. X, Litt. Ap. Motu proprio datae Abhinc duos annos (23 Octobris 1913): AAS 5 (1913), 449-450; cfr Ioannes Paulus II, Litt. ap. Vicesimus quintus annus (4 Decembris 1988), 3: AAS 81 (1989), 899.
5 Cfr Ioannes Paulus Pp. II, Litt. ap. Motu proprio datae Ecclesia Dei (2 iulii 1988), 6: AAS 80 (1988), 1498.

Letter to Accompany Summorum Pontificum - Spanish

Queridos Hermanos en el Episcopado:

Con gran confianza y esperanza pongo en vuestras manos de Pastores el texto de una nueva Carta Apostólica "Motu Proprio data" sobre el uso de la liturgia romana anterior a la reforma efectuada en 1970. El documento es fruto de largas reflexiones, múltiples consultas y de oración.

Noticias y juicios hechos sin información suficiente han creado no poca confusión. Se han dado reacciones muy divergentes, que van desde una aceptación con alegría a una oposición dura, a un proyecto cuyo contenido en realidad no se conocía.

A este documento se contraponían más directamente dos temores, que quisiera afrontar un poco más de cerca en esta carta.

En primer lugar existe el temor de que se menoscabe la Autoridad del Concilio Vaticano II y de que una de sus decisiones esenciales – la reforma litúrgica – se ponga en duda. Este temor es infundado. Al respecto, es necesario afirmar en primer lugar que el Misal, publicado por Pablo VI y reeditado después en dos ediciones sucesivas por Juan Pablo II, obviamente es y permanece la Forma normal – la Forma ordinaria – de la Liturgia Eucarística. La última redacción del Missale Romanum, anterior al Concilio, que fue publicada con la autoridad del Papa Juan XXIII en 1962 y utilizada durante el Concilio, podrá, en cambio, ser utilizada como Forma extraordinaria de la Celebración litúrgica. Non es apropiado hablar de estas dos redacciones del Misal Romano como si fueran "dos Ritos". Se trata, más bien, de un doble uso del mismo y único Rito.

Por lo que se refiere al uso del Misal de 1962, como Forma extraordinaria de la Liturgia de la Misa, quisiera llamar la atención sobre el hecho de que este Misal no ha sido nunca jurídicamente abrogado y, por consiguiente, en principio, ha quedado siempre permitido. En el momento de la introducción del nuevo Misal, no pareció necesario emitir normas propias para el posible uso del Misal anterior. Probablemente se supuso que se trataría de pocos casos singulares que podrían resolverse, caso por caso, en cada lugar. Después, en cambio, se demostró pronto que no pocos permanecían fuertemente ligados a este uso del Rito romano que, desde la infancia, se les había hecho familiar. Esto sucedió, sobre todo, en los Países en los que el movimiento litúrgico había dado a muchas personas una notable formación litúrgica y una profunda e íntima familiaridad con la Forma anterior de la Celebración litúrgica. Todos sabemos que, en el movimiento guiado por el Arzobispo Lefebvre, la fidelidad al Misal antiguo llegó a ser un signo distintivo externo; pero las razones de la ruptura que de aquí nacía se encontraban más en profundidad. Muchas personas que aceptaban claramente el carácter vinculante del Concilio Vaticano II y que eran fieles al Papa y a los Obispos, deseaban no obstante reencontrar la forma, querida para ellos, de la sagrada Liturgia. Esto sucedió sobre todo porque en muchos lugares no se celebraba de una manera fiel a las prescripciones del nuevo Misal, sino que éste llegó a entenderse como una autorización e incluso como una obligación a la creatividad, lo cual llevó a menudo a deformaciones de la Liturgia al límite de lo soportable. Hablo por experiencia porque he vivido también yo aquel periodo con todas sus expectativas y confusiones. Y he visto hasta qué punto han sido profundamente heridas por las deformaciones arbitrarias de la Liturgia personas que estaban totalmente radicadas en la fe de la Iglesia.

El Papa Juan Pablo II se vio por tanto obligado a ofrecer con el Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei" del 2 de julio de 1988, un cuadro normativo para el uso del Misal de 1962, pero que no contenía prescripciones detalladas sino que apelaba, en modo más general, a la generosidad de los Obispos respecto a las "justas aspiraciones" de aquellos fieles que pedían este uso del Rito romano. En aquel momento el Papa quería ayudar de este modo sobre todo a la Fraternidad San Pío X a reencontrar la plena unidad con el Sucesor de Pedro, intentando curar una herida que era sentida cada vez con más dolor. Por desgracia esta reconciliación hasta ahora no se ha logrado; sin embargo una serie de comunidades han utilizado con gratitud las posibilidades de este Motu Proprio. Permanece difícil, en cambio, la cuestión del uso del Misal de 1962 fuera de estos grupos, para los cuales faltaban normas jurídicas precisas, sobre todo porque a menudo los Obispos en estos casos temían que la autoridad del Concilio fuera puesta en duda. Enseguida después del Concilio Vaticano II se podía suponer que la petición del uso del Misal de 1962 se limitaría a la generación más anciana que había crecido con él, pero desde entonces se ha visto claramente que también personas jóvenes descubren esta forma litúrgica, se sienten atraídos por ella y encuentran en la misma una forma, particularmente adecuada para ellos, de encuentro con el Misterio de la Santísima Eucaristía. Así ha surgido la necesidad de un reglamento jurídico más claro que, en tiempos del Motu Proprio de 1988 no era previsible; estas Normas pretenden también liberar a los Obispos de tener que valorar siempre de nuevo cómo responder a las diversas situaciones.

En segundo lugar, en las discusiones sobre el esperado Motu Proprio, se expresó el temor de que una más amplia posibilidad de uso del Misal de 1962 podría llevar a desórdenes e incluso a divisiones en las comunidades parroquiales. Tampoco este temor me parece realmente fundado. El uso del Misal antiguo presupone un cierto nivel de formación litúrgica y un acceso a la lengua latina; tanto uno como otro no se encuentran tan a menudo. Ya con estos presupuestos concretos se ve claramente que el nuevo Misal permanecerá, ciertamente, la Forma ordinaria del Rito Romano, no sólo por la normativa jurídica sino por la situación real en que se encuentran las comunidades de fieles.

Es verdad que no faltan exageraciones y algunas veces aspectos sociales indebidamente vinculados a la actitud de los fieles que siguen la antigua tradición litúrgica latina. Vuestra caridad y prudencia pastoral serán estímulo y guía para un perfeccionamiento. Por lo demás, las dos Formas del uso del Rito romano pueden enriquecerse mutuamente: en el Misal antiguo se podrán y deberán inserir nuevos santos y algunos de los nuevos prefacios. La Comisión "Ecclesia Dei", en contacto con los diversos entes locales dedicados al usus antiquior, estudiará las posibilidades prácticas. En la celebración de la Misa según el Misal de Pablo VI se podrá manifestar, en un modo más intenso de cuanto se ha hecho a menudo hasta ahora, aquella sacralidad que atrae a muchos hacia el uso antiguo. La garantía más segura para que el Misal de Pablo VI pueda unir a las comunidades parroquiales y sea amado por ellas consiste en celebrar con gran reverencia de acuerdo con las prescripciones; esto hace visible la riqueza espiritual y la profundidad teológica de este Misal.

De este modo he llegado a la razón positiva que me ha motivado a poner al día mediante este Motu Proprio el de 1988. Se trata de llegar a una reconciliación interna en el seno de la Iglesia. Mirando al pasado, a las divisiones que a lo largo de los siglos han desgarrado el Cuerpo de Cristo, se tiene continuamente la impresión de que en momentos críticos en los que la división estaba naciendo, no se ha hecho lo suficiente por parte de los responsables de la Iglesia para conservar o conquistar la reconciliación y la unidad; se tiene la impresión de que las omisiones de la Iglesia han tenido su parte de culpa en el hecho de que estas divisiones hayan podido consolidarse. Esta mirada al pasado nos impone hoy una obligación: hacer todos los esfuerzos para que a todos aquellos que tienen verdaderamente el deseo de la unidad se les haga posible permanecer en esta unidad o reencontrarla de nuevo. Me viene a la mente una frase de la segunda carta a los Corintios donde Pablo escribe: "Corintios, os hemos hablado con toda franqueza; nuestro corazón se ha abierto de par en par. No está cerrado nuestro corazón para vosotros; los vuestros sí que lo están para nosotros. Correspondednos; ... abríos también vosotros" (2 Cor 6,11-13). Pablo lo dice ciertamente en otro contexto, pero su invitación puede y debe tocarnos a nosotros, justamente en este tema. Abramos generosamente nuestro corazón y dejemos entrar todo a lo que la fe misma ofrece espacio.

No hay ninguna contradicción entre una y otra edición del Missale Romanum. En la historia de la Liturgia hay crecimiento y progreso pero ninguna ruptura. Lo que para las generaciones anteriores era sagrado, también para nosotros permanece sagrado y grande y no puede ser improvisamente totalmente prohibido o incluso perjudicial. Nos hace bien a todos conservar las riquezas que han crecido en la fe y en la oración de la Iglesia y de darles el justo puesto. Obviamente para vivir la plena comunión tampoco los sacerdotes de las Comunidades que siguen el uso antiguo pueden, en principio, excluir la celebración según los libros nuevos. En efecto, no sería coherente con el reconocimiento del valor y de la santidad del nuevo rito la exclusión total del mismo.

En conclusión, queridos Hermanos, quiero de todo corazón subrayar que estas nuevas normas no disminuyen de ningún modo vuestra autoridad y responsabilidad ni sobre la liturgia, ni sobre la pastoral de vuestros fieles. Cada Obispo, en efecto es el moderador de la liturgia en la propia diócesis (cfr. Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 22: "Sacrae Liturgiae moderatio ab Ecclessiae auctoritate unice pendet quae quidem est apud Apostolicam Sedem et, ad normam iuris, apud Episcoporum").

Por tanto, no se quita nada a la autoridad del Obispo cuyo papel será siempre el de vigilar para que todo se desarrolle con paz y serenidad. Si surgiera algún problema que el párroco no pueda resolver, el Ordinario local podrá siempre intervenir, pero en total armonía con cuanto establecido por las nuevas normas del Motu Proprio.

Además os invito, queridos Hermanos, a escribir a la Santa Sede un informe sobre vuestras experiencias tres años después de que entre en vigor este Motu Proprio. Si vinieran a la luz dificultades serias se buscarían vías para encontrar el remedio.

Queridos Hermanos, con ánimo agradecido y confiado, confío a vuestro corazón de Pastores estas páginas y las normas del Motu Prorpio. Recordemos siempre las palabras que el Apóstol Pablo dirigió a los presbíteros de Efeso "Tened cuidado de vosotros y de toda la grey, en medio de la cual os ha puesto el Espíritu Santo como vigilantes para pastorear la Iglesia de Dios, que él se adquirió con la sangre de su propio Hijo" (Hechos 20,28).

Confío a la potente intercesión de María, Madre de la Iglesia, estas nuevas normas e imparto de corazón mi Bendición Apostólica a Vosotros, queridos Hermanos, a los párrocos de vuestras diócesis y a todos los sacerdotes, vuestros colaboradores, así como a todos vuestros fieles.

Dado en San Pedro, el 7 de Julio 2007.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

Stay Tuned

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Common Sense

NLM suggests some perspective before you read Summorum Pontificum tomorrow. Read the whole thing but this is a key item in the list:

Forget about what you've heard about the document and simply read it for what it is. Consider this as well: if this document came as a complete and total surprise with no lead up to it these past months, how would you respond to it then? Respond to it accordingly as such.

What the Future 'Could' Hold

New Liturgical Movement has a guest piece by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla. Father relates a story of what the future may hold post Summorum Pontificum, we pray.

The Mass went beautifully, given that this was the first time this Mass was celebrated there. The Propers were sung to a setting by William Byrd. The Ordinary was Mass IX. The church was filled, and the congregation sang the Ordinary with force and heart. This was a truly spiritual event for all who participated. The bishop, a humble and charming man, told me that he was so very pleased to have done this and was certainly open to doing it again.

Cafeteria Respects the Embargo

Gerald Augustinus of the Cafeteria is Closed states his reason for waiting to publish the Motu Proprio.

In case you're wondering why I (or Kath.net) am not quoting from the Motu proprio: the document has been making the rounds - but to publish an embargoed document, apart from being wrong, lands one on the, shall we say, personae non gratae list at the Vatican. The Motu proprio is under embargo (see below), so neither I nor Kath.net and other sites such as Creative Minority Report will quote from it. It will be released Saturday, at noon Rome time (6am Eastern, 9am Pacific)

Holy See Press Office

NOTICE TO JOURNALISTS: Publication of the Motu Proprio "SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM"

Journalists are informed that tomorrow, Saturday, July 7, 2007, the Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI "given Motu Proprio" SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM, on the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970, will be made public.

The Document will be accompanied by an explanatory Letter of the Holy Father.

(Both texts will be available to journalists from 9.00 [Rome], under embargo until 12 [noon] of the same day.)

HT to Rorate Caeli

Thursday, July 5, 2007

We Will Publish It When It is Published

This blog believes that to break the embargo of the MP would be inappropriate. The Pope has put much time and effort into this important document and to quote snippets out of context would be a disservice. We do not wish to be a party to it. We will post it the second it is available in its entirety.

Three Year Trial Period?

Fr. Z. is reporting that ACSA has an article reporting a rumor that their will be a three year trial period associated with the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Just a rumor at this point, so don't panic. We will know for sure in 48hrs.

Update: This turned out to have no basis. The Bishops are asked to bring up any serious issues in 3 years to see what can be done.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Fr. Fessio comments on the Motu Proprio

New Liturgical Movement has this quote from Fr. Fessio:

"I believe that this is going to be a major step toward the genuine renewal of the Mass, and therefore the genuine renewal of the Church, which the Council so ardently desired, and I think we are going to owe a great debt to Pope Benedict for doing this."

Indeed.

Summorum Pontificum

From Rorate Caeli courtesty of I.Media:

Vatican - Agency I.MEDIA - July 4 2007

The Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum" for the liberalization of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 will be published on July 7

The Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio which Benedict readies to publish in order to liberalize the use of the Mass and liturgical books according to the pre-Conciliar rite of 1962 will receive the name of "Summorum Pontificum", I.MEDIA has learned from Vatican sources. This document, greatly expected by the Traditionalist faithful and feared by a certain number of Bishops, will be published on July 7.

Summorum Pontificum (in [English], "...of the Supreme Pontiffs") is the incipit (beginning of the text) of the Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI liberalizing the use of the Mass said of "Saint Pius V", I.MEDIA has learned from Vatican sources. This Apostolic Letter which will be made public next July 7. The document will be accompanied by a long letter by the Pope explaining his motivations for this publication of which certain Bishops, particularly in France, disapprove [lit. "take a dim view"].