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 real pain in the neck for the pastor,” said Father Tom Reese S.J. of the Woodstock Theological Center at Washington’s Georgetown University. “He’s going to be pressured to do it.”
Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, head of the French Bishops’ Conference, chose a old baker’s saying to hint the transition to using two very different rites may not be smooth. “There’ll be some lumps in the dough,” he quipped to journalists in Paris. …
Bishop Luca Brandolini, an Italian liturgy expert, said after the decree he was in mourning and fighting back tears.
“A reform for which many people worked, with great sacrifice and only inspired by the desire to renew the Church, has now been cancelled,” he told the Rome daily La Repubblica.
Boston Globe quotes Cardinal Sean O’Malley:
“There are some conservative Catholics who feel that everything ended with the [Second Vatican] Council, and some liberals who think that everything began with the Council, and this Holy Father is trying to say that this is continuous growth, that it’s the same church, and that we must try to avoid allowing the liturgy to become a battleground rather than a point of unification and communion for believers,” O’Malley said in a telephone interview. …
O’Malley said he has no plans to expand the number of worship sites in Latin in the Archdiocese of Boston, although if demand increased, he would be willing to do so.
But that’s out of his hands now, is it not?