Vatican Official Warns Bishops

CWN and Zenit report that Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos has sent a warning shot over the bow of bishops who would give problems to priests who want to celebrate the old mass. Today is the date of implementation of the pope’s recent motu proprio; Castrillon-Hoyos notes: “The important thing is that in this moment, priests can…

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 on the MP and the Jews

Fr. Thomas Rausch of Loyola Marymount comments on the interfaith implications of the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI permitting greater use of the 1962 Missale Romanum. On the other hand, here is a “Traditionalist Catholic” article, originally published in Seattle Catholic. The author maintains that the Latin phrase “perfidus Iudaeus”, found in the Good…

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…

Implementing the MP

I remember when Bishop Kenneth Angell took over as bishop of Burlington, Vermont. One of his first acts was to declare that churches had to stop using girls as altar servers, until the Vatican ruled on the matter. Some people got upset with the bishop, but one priest friend of mine, who had just returned…

“Heretics and Schismatics”

I was chastised on another blog for saying that Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church view Protestants as “heretics and schismatics” in my post on the recent CDF document. Well, here’s a point no one in the media or in the ecumenical world has paid attention to.  That phrase, “heretics and schismatics,” comes from…

Jacob Neusner on the MP

The Jewish Ledger interviews Professor Jacob Neusner: Q: What would you advise the organized Jewish community to do in light of this decree? Voice their concern? Sit back and relax? A: We should continue to say our prayer, the Aleinu, that thanks God for not having made us like the nations of the world and…

Simon Wiesenthal Center on Benedict’s Motu Proprio

Good points are raised by a press release from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The real concern is the antisemitism of the SSPX–that’s the elephant in the living room. Against the backdrop of Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio that invites greater use of pre-Vatican II Latin Mass liturgy, the Wiesenthal Center reiterated its grave concerns over…

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…