Friday, May 18, 2007

Interview with Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos

EDIT: See May 19th edit at the end of this post for more coverage of this interview and related motu proprio news in the media.....

An interview by a Mexican news agency with Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, follows on the heals of his address to Bishops in Latin America the other day on the forthcoming motu proprio and has some rather interesting points.

H/T to Rorate Caeli with a partial translation (my spanish speaking readers can find the original article in the first link of this post):

The article includes the information that "The... President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei revealed in an interview with Notimex that this document [the motu proprio] is already written and its release will take place in the next few weeks." Since this is not an actual interview, but an article based on an interview, it is not clear what were the genuine words used by Castrillón regarding the document and its current status.

Among the words spoken by Cardinal Castrillón, we find the following (translated and adapted):

"There is no turning back, [the Pope] is not leading the Church to a reverse position; the Pope is the Vicar of Christ and has the Holy Spirit who always guides him forward, which does not mean that things which may have deteriorated may not be perfected."

"It [The Traditional Mass] will not be imposed on anyone, it does not in any way contradict the current [Mass], the Mass of the Council Fathers was that of Saint Pius V, they did not celebrate the Mass of Paul VI, these two Masses are not be be [mutually] opposed."

"In the Mass of Saint Pius V there is a ritual expression which is enjoyed by some; there are those who wish to celebrate it occasionally, but without it meaning any disregard, [but] complete respect for the new rite."

"The Pope wishes to preserve for mankind a treasure which sanctified the Church for more than a thousand years: the rite codified by Saint Pius V; this treasure, this cultural expression, this language which was the language of the Church from the earliest time". [Benedict XVI] "loves the liturgy [and] does not wish to retroact, does not intend to impose, it is an offer for those who have this sensibility."

In addition to this, for the first time, I see the clearest explanation of the status of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X. We've heard they were schismatic, then not schismatic. Here, the Cardinal distinguishes who was excommunicated. It raises many questions in my mind, but is too big of an issue for my pea brain to sort out, so I leave it to Holy Mother Church. Cardinal Castrillon says:

"They are not schismatics, the priests are under a suspension for illicit exercise, and the Bishops are excommunicated because the ordination of new bishops without a permission from Rome received this punishment latæ sententiæ."

EDIT MAY 19th:

Motu Proprio in the News

CWNews (via EWTN): Motu Proprio Imminent, Vatican Prelate Confirms
Associated Press (AP): Cardinal: Pope to relax Latin Mass rules

Motu Proprio Blogged

Fr. Z: News Coverage of Motu Proprio and Pope's Letter to Chinese