tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6570809348314913884.post9184672981943980046..comments2009-10-05T13:47:39.575-04:00Comments on Summorum Pontificum: Catholics have a juridical right to Gregorian Rite...Patrick Archboldhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13230114519933936165noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6570809348314913884.post-57324108369782394842008-10-06T14:01:00.000-04:002008-10-06T14:01:00.000-04:00The emphasis in this posting is on the term 'must ...The emphasis in this posting is on the term 'must accept'. But *what*, exactly, must the priests and bishops accept? They must accept laics petitions or their requests. Accepting a request is not the same thing as granting a request. Hence this new law does not offer faithful an ironclad guarantee of anything. We need to stress this so that we don't discover it the hard way.<BR/><BR/>What S.P. gives laics the right to is a juridical process, not a Mass. Yes, they must respect lay petitioners and must accept their petitions. And there is an established process to review those petitions. But they do not need to offer Traditional Rite Masses if priests are not willing and able to do so. That can be discerned from other laws curently in force.<BR/><BR/>More interesting is Article 1 of S.P. I have argued recently that, under it, each diocesan bishop has a primary duty (i.e. a duty more immediate than that of anyone else) to ensure that there is at least one *daily* (not just Sunday) celebration of the Traditional Mass in his see EVEN IF NOBODY REQUESTS IT. THis is because the old Mass MUST be given its "due honour for its venerable and ancient usage". Should many local bishops be unwilling or unable to provide this, it then becomes the duty of the Universal Pastor to use his power of immediate jurisdiction to assist such bishops. This can be done by creating a universal ordinary structure--a personal and universal diocese--for tradition. It would be restricted to the offering of the ancient Mass and would therefore not infringe on local bishops' authority in providing New Masses. Its purpose would be to assist local bishops in the performance of a duty which emanates from the law itself. <BR/><BR/>This is the line we should be following. What S.P. gives is a true right to priests, not to laics, and even this is restricted by other laws, although we can say that bishops no longer have an absolute right to ban our Mass.<BR/><BR/>But S.P. also imposes a DUTY on local bishops to do their utmost to provide at least one daily T.L.M. in each of their dioceses. Why? It is because the normal locus of the Church is the diocese, from which the universal Church proceeds. The authority from that claim is embedded, ironically, in key Vatican II documents!<BR/><BR/>P.K.T.P.Peter Karl T. Perkinshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01999195544096487127noreply@blogger.com