Motu-mania

Fr. John Z. continues to blog about reactions to the pope’s motu proprio allowing greater use of the 1962 Missale Romanum, today posting a letter sent by the Bishop of Steubenville, OH, to his priests with some interesting demands. The motu proprio is just one more instance of the tug-of-war over authority that dominates the…

More MP Reactions

Mark Francis, writing in The Tablet, doesn’t like Summorum Pontificum. To say that the old rite wasn’t abrogated is “sleight of hand”–everyone understood it to be abrogated, and even John Paul II spoke of his permission as a pastoral concession, not as recognizing its non-abrogation. He has disdain for Benedict’s lack of liturgical credentials. He…

The Catholic Generation Gap

From the New York Post. An older person: Sally Maier, 56, of upstate Webster, said, “Older people, they might enjoy that [Mass]. But the younger people wouldn’t understand what’s going on.” And yet, from one of those “younger people”: “The Catholic religion is one of tradition. When we did away with the traditional Latin Mass,…

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…

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…

The Pope’s Long Awaited Motu Proprio

Summorum Pontificum in English (an unofficial translation), with introductory letter by the pope, and summary by USCCB Committee on Liturgy (That’s in PDF–Rocco has it in HTML). On the matter of the relationship with Jews, the USCCB commentary says: 14. Does the wider use of the extraordinary form of the rites of Holy Week reflect…

Nothing New.

So does the Moto Proprio do anything new? Not really. There are already priests who have permission to celebrate mass according to the 1962 Missal, some do so in private, some do so in public. There are some parishes that do everything according to the 1962 Missal (including the Good Friday prayers), in particular those…

The Latin Mass and the Jews

Rocco’s summary of the contents of the Motu Proprio doesn’t say anything about the controversial Good Friday prayers for the Jews. But let’s take note of a couple of things. 1) It does say there are to be no private celebrations of this mass during the Triduum (which includes Good Friday); 2) priests will be…

The Motu Proprio–Rocco Reports

Rocco Palmo has received and digested–and now reports on–the Motu Proprio. It is, he says, “a decisive compromise.” Benedict expresses his frustration with all the speculation over the last many months, on all sides. As stated in recent reports, the pope says the old mass was “never abrogated,” and that it will continue as an…

Tridentine Mass on YouTube

Thanks to a Catholic News Service story about internet resources on the Tridentine mass, I learned that there are many videos of it on YouTube. One is from 1941, with narration by Fulton Sheen. There are also videos of the Sarum rite (partial), Mozarabic (partial) and the Ambrosian.

Ecumenism, Interfaith Dialogue, and the MP

The matter of the forthcoming motu proprio liberalizing use of the so-called Tridentine Mass raises other questions regarding the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. If one “brings back” that mass (I put it in quotes because it never left), does one also bring back pre-conciliar views on other Christians and Jews? A…

Official Announcement of the Upcoming MP

Zadok Romanus directs us to the official announcement on the Vatican webpage of the pope’s meeting yesterday discussing the upcoming publication of the Motu Proprio on the Tridentine mass. And now secular news services have picked up the scent: AP, New York Times. Last, but not least, Catholic News Service. For a refresher, see the…

Why the Motu Proprio Matters

Carl Olson cites Robert Moynihan. … It isn’t about the Latin. (And the Latin Mass is, in any case, not the Latin Mass at all; that is a misnomer; it is, rather, “the Latin, Greek and Aramaic Mass,” with “Kyrie eleison” in Greek and “Amen” and “Alleluia” in Aramaic.) And those who think Latin is…

The Motu Proprio

My non-Catholic readers might not be aware of the buzz that has been going around the Catholic blogosphere for many months about Pope Benedict XVI’s intention to issue a motu proprio (meaning a document he’s issuing in his own name, on his own authority) giving much greater freedom to priests to celebrate mass according to…

“The Next Media Frenzy”

John Allen: Hold your breath for the next media frenzy: The Latin Mass document is coming. New questions raised about implications of old prayers for current Jewish-Catholic relations. Servite Fr. John Pawlikowski, an American, wrote to Kasper on March 29 on behalf of the executive body of the International Council of Christians and Jews. Pawlikowski,…

Cockney Latin

Msgr. Mark Langham, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, reflects on battles over the pronunciation of Latin (via Amy).