Reinforcements Are on the Way

March 2008

In response to the "rebellion against the Pope" (see our New Oxford Note by that title, Feb.) ricocheting through the upper echelons of the Church hierarchy regarding Summorum Pontificum, Benedict XVI's motu proprio that liberated the Tridentine Latin Mass, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei -- the Vatican body charged with overseeing the implementation of the Tridentine Mass -- is drafting a new document that will "clarify the criteria for the application of the motu proprio," said Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State (Catholic World News, Dec. 31, 2007).

According to Cardinal Bertone, the new document will be an "instruction" on how to implement Summorum Pontificum, and was necessitated by what he called "confused reactions" since its release in July 2007.

While Cardinal Bertone "took a more conciliatory approach to the disputes that have arisen in the aftermath of the Pope's move to restore the traditional Mass," Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has "energetically criticized bishops who have failed to accept the papal directive."

Such outbursts, says Archbishop Ranjith, "practically annul or twist the intention of the pope," and amount to a "crisis of obedience" (The Boston Globe, Jan. 4). And how!


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New Oxford Notes: March 2008

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"confused reactions"? BULLSH-T! Sorry for the vulgarian outburst, but I just can't stand it anymore!!! Why not just call it what it is? Outright rebellion against the Will of God as expressed through the actions of His Vicar on earth. These "bishops" are standing next to Satan in his eternal pride filled act - "I will NOT bow!" The time for war is now - as Saint Michael did to the devil and his ilk, so must the faithful do with shepherds in wolves clothing! Posted by: gespin3549
March 14, 2008 08:35 AM EDT
The entire Vatican II establishment is a fraud and the moto was a cynical ploy from the beginning. Without valid priests (and Vatican II ordinations, since 1969 are invalid) you wouldn't have a valid Mass (even with "pro multis" restored to the form)anyway. We are living through the fulfillment of Lasalette and the third secret. Posted by: mulligan
March 14, 2008 10:47 AM EDT
Pace, friends. Rome won't be re-built in a day. SM has cracked the dam of liberal Catholicism and trickles of life-giving water are growing everyday. (Please compare the number of Latin Masses are available today to last year. The growth is phenomenal.) This will lead to an eventual collapse of the entire edifice and the Church will again be flooded with holy worship, bishops, priests, and laity. It is our imperative to grow in holiness in this age so that we will add to the glory of Rome's eventual restoration.

Mulligan: starting out with faulty assumptions inevitably leads to faulty conclusions, as your post ably demonstrates.
Posted by: falters
March 21, 2008 11:12 AM EDT
I agree wholeheartedly with the New Oxford Note. It is well written and charitable. However, two of these posts are extreme.

falters: a very good and charitable post. You said things very well. Thank you.

Gespin: I understand your frustration, but don't you think your post is a little "over the top?" I would not say that this is a "time for war." What do you mean? Now is a time for prayer, and for us to flood our parish priests with kind and respectful requests for the TLM under the motu proprio. It is a time for prayer, and reaching out. Not anger. After all, consider how brave our Holy Father has been. Let us support him.

It is interesting to note something: there are now Traditional Latin Masses on campuses like Georgetown University's. There remains NO TLM at Franciscan University (the supposed hotbed of dynamic "orthodoxy"). Let us pray, support the Holy Father, and give the Motu time to work. Those of us who seek a full return to the Church's traditions need to be patient. We are in this for the LONG haul.

Mulligan, your position is untenable and extreme. I know many good and holy priests in the Novus Ordo Church. Your post does a disservice to them. Do you realize that you are condemning many good Catholics to Hell with your words? Has every confession heard by these good young priests been "invalid?"

You can do Tradition harm by coming across as a member of the lunatic fringe. It enables opponents of the Mass of Tradition to paint the faithful attached to this beautiful rite as lunatics. This DOES NOT help.
Posted by: eakter
March 23, 2008 05:51 PM EDT
Many good things are done in a gradual, time consuming way to the chagrin of those who are weary of this PC world and impatient. I requested the latin mass in our parish. The office said, at that time, 7 had requested it. It's been a while and I have heard nothing so soon I will inquire again.
I do remember, however, one day back in 1963, one of my engineering friends indicating surprise that I was so comfortable with the latin at Mass. I indicated that I had been an altar boy since 4th grade so knew the liturgy. I had assumed that everyone did - he, a college graduate and Catholic, obviously did not. Many people, today, have never heard the latin mass and to them it is listening to a foreign language. It will take time. There was a post in the church that was announcing schedules for the next week, that many people have never been to or seen a benediction. God moves in interesting ways, so take heart and pray. (While you are at it, pray for our country as it may very well move in a sad and evil direction this November).
Posted by: awunsch
April 11, 2008 07:47 PM EDT
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