Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dr. Robert Moynihan on the Summorum Pontificum instruction concerns

A photo of history being made at Assumption Grotto as Mass is celebrated using the 1962 Missal
on the first day it was permitted by Summorum Pontificum on September 14, 2007. 
Photo Post here; Fr. Perrone's homily here

I have not had as much time for blogging of late, but I have been following concerns about an instruction expected soon on Summorum Pontificum which permitted priests everywhere to celebrate Mass using the 1962 Missal.  The instruction has been anticipated for some time by those devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass, but it was not expected that it would contain any kind of restrictions. 

I received an Inside the Vatican "News Flash" from Dr. Robert Moynihan.  In it, he does a very good job of capturing what is floating out there.  In the article and, at the bottom, are suggestions of what you can do.  I agree with Father Z who urged people to pray and fast for the Holy Father, rather than get hysteric.  There is also an online petition you can sign.  Follow the link to finish reading Dr. Moynihan's letter where you will find the necessary information and links.

As an aside, Inside the Vatican is one of very few publications to which I subscribe. You can subscribe to ITV too.  In that same link, I recommend that  you sign up for Dr. Moynihan's E-Letters/News Flashes.  You can follow them on Twitter, as well @InsideVatican.

Will a New Papal Document Curtail Use of the Old Mass?

On the internet, there are increasing worries among traditional Catholics that an upcoming Vatican Instruction on how to implement Summorum Pontificum will curtail use of the Old Mass
"Second-Class Catholics"?

Will the Vatican soon issue a document calling for some restrictions on the use of the old rite of the Mass?

The internet, especially in traditional Catholic circles, is abuzz with reports that this may be about to happen.

But for the moment, these reports are based only on rumors.

Officially, no one yet knows the content of the upcoming Vatican Instruction to give guidelines for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum -- the dramatic and controversial July 7, 2007 papal motu proprio in which Benedict XVI, after long hesitation, granted wider use of the old, pre-Vatican II liturgy, also known as the Tridentine liturgy or the Latin Mass.

The upcoming document is indeed being prepared; that much is certain.

It is said to bear the date of February 22 -- just four days from now.

But it is not likely to be made public on February 22, but some days or weeks later, as often happens with Roman documents, and the document can even be rewritten during that time, after the date it is signed.

So we may be in for a considerable period of uncertainty on this question. And that will naturally allow room for fears based on uncertain or partial information to grow.
According to unconfirmed "leaks" of portions of the document's contents, the Instruction will, somewhat unexpectedly, contain two clauses which will restrict the celebration of the old rite.

I say "somewhat unexpectedly" because the expectation for this document was that it would concretize what Benedict said in 2007 was his desire for a "generous" granting of permission to celebrate the old liturgy "widely."

It therefore seems strange to many that, if the reports are true, it may contain new restrictions, as if this would be out of keeping with Benedict's own expressed will.

Continue Reading Dr. Moynihan's Inside the Vatican News Flash on Summorum Pontificum

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