Monday, May 12, 2008

Vatican asks for goodwill in interpretating Summorum Pontificum

From CWNews:

Vatican, May. 9, 2008 ( - Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos has told an Italian magazine that diocesan bishops should show good will in granting requests for the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass under the terms of the motu proprio authorizing wider use of the extraordinary form.

In an interview with Jesus magazine, the president of the Ecclesia Dei commission declined to comment on reports that his office will soon issue a new document clarifying the motu proprio. Any decision on the release of such a document will be made by Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news), the cardinal said.

However, the Colombian cardinal-- whose office supervises implementation of Summorum Pontificum-- did comment on some inaccurate interpretations of the papal document. He spoke, for instance, about the frequent claim that the extraordinary form of the Mass should be used in parishes only when a "stable and consistent group" of the faithful request the older liturgy. That phrase is not intended to restrict the use of the traditional liturgy, the cardinal said.

"It is a matter of common sense," Cardinal Castrillon told Jesus; "Why make an issue if the people who ask for the rite come from different parishes? If they come together and request a Mass, they become a stable group."

Read a translation of the entire inteview at NLM, in which Cardinal Castrillon of the Pontificial Commission Ecclesia Dei answers a number of questions

Source article at CWNews

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