On Dead Languages

A point of humor in the news about the Motu Proprio–even in liberating the “Latin mass,” the Vatican illustrates the fact that Latin is a dead language: they couldn’t find anyone in the Vatican who could actually write the Motu Proprio in fluent Latin! See the comments by Fr. Joseph Komonchok at Commonweal: And the…

Many “Traditionalists” Are Not Pleased

Tom Droleskey of Christ or Chaos rants about the decree of “Father Joseph Ratzinger” (whom he does not recognize as either bishop or pope). He’s particularly unhappy that the Triduum won’t be celebrated: Second, absent those “personal parishes” established by a conciliar bishop for the daily offering of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass…

Reaction from the SSPX

Bishop Bernard Fellay of the SSPX has issued a statement in which he expresses his gratitude that the pope has affirmed their main contention about the liturgy, says it’s time for him to remove the excommunication of the SSPX bishops–and then they can “consider more serenely the disputed doctrinal issues” (e.g., collegiality, religious liberty, the…

Various Articles on the MP

Supposedly the MP was released on Saturday to minimize news coverage. Well, all that strategy accomplished was to make sure articles about it appeared in the Sunday paper that Americans read with leisure. Washington Post calls it a “looming headache for Catholic parishes.” “Where there are groups that want it, it’s going to be a…