Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Motu Proprio Grapevine

The latest and greatest on the liberalization of the Pre-Conciliar Mass/motu proprio. Or as I like to call it, the SSPX Death Watch. The following was reported in the Mexican periodical, Milenio.
Benedict XVI decrees the return of Latin Masses. The Pope has decided to sign and publish the text with an illustrative note written by liturgical experts and theologians 7-February-07 Pope Benedict XVI took the decision of publishing the motu proprio decree on the liberalization of the Tridentine Mass, the ceremony in Latin according to the Missal of Saint Pius V, that is, the pre-Conciliar Mass, which was celebrated up to 1962, with the priest turned towards the east, popularly defined as with the back [of the priest] turned to the people. The Pope decided to sign and publish the text along with an illustrative note written by liturgical experts and theologians. The news comes from Rome and was confirmed yesterday in the Sacred Halls. In fact, the definitive text of the Motu Proprio was handed to the Pope in late January by the Ecclesia Dei Commision, the Vatican organ charged with examining dealings with the Lefebvrists. Not all clerics are pleased with the measure, particularly the French Episcopal Conference. The Tridentine Mass will not be obligatory, but the priests who wish to celebrate according to the old rite will now be able to do it, without asking permission to the diocesan bishop, as before. The decision of the Pope seems guided by common sense, because it ensures sobriety and spirituality.
That should keep all you pseudo-sedevacantist, err, traditional Catholics, preoccupied until Easter of course. (Hat Tip: RORATE CÆLI) UPDATED: For the latest news on the motu proprio for the week of April 16 click here.


Anonymous said...

You might like to explain why the SSPX is going to "die" if the Pope finally does what they've been lobbying him to do for thirty years. Whatever the legal technicalities, the real reason why Karol Wojtyla excommunicated Archbishop Lefebvre was because the former was obssessed with Vatican II and hated the old Latin Mass. As more and more people go to the old Mass and as fewer people in the West go to the Novus Ordo, it is the Vatican II agenda that is going to wither and die.

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