Apr 12, 2007

New motu proprio due May 5?

Third-hand reports on the Net repeat a rumor that Pope Benedict XVI has told author Alice von Hildebrand that he will issue his new motu proprio on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on May 5, the Feast of Pope St. Pius V (pictured above; image from www.dailycatholic.org ).

That great and holy Pontiff, who reigned 1566-1572, standardized the Roman Breviary and the Mass in his bull or apostolic constitution of July 14, 1570, Quo Primum. You can read it at:

http://www.dailycatholic.org/quoprimu.htm (Latin original, plus English translation)

Will Pope Benedict's rumored new document really "free up" priests to say the Tridentine Latin Mass at will, or will it place conditions, such as making the faithful petition for it?

And whatever it says, will the American hierarchy place obstacles in the way?

By the way, Pope Benedict has already recommended that Mass in international gatherings be said in Latin and that Gregorian chant be sung if possible.

Hmmm -- is Cardinal Mahony's Religious Education Congress an international gathering? Wouldn't it be something to see next year's REC Masses all in the Tridentine Latin Rite, with chant and with lawful liturgical rubrics and vessels! If you see the Cardinal, ask him for that.


Blogger Paul said...

[i]And whatever it says, will the American hierarchy place obstacles in the way?[/i]


Obviously a rhetorical question. We're bound to see a few bishops get more worked-up over this than life issues. Sad.

Also, you made me chuckle trying to imagine a TLM at the wRECk - never going to happen. Boy altar servers, metal chalices, no dancing.......these things are too horrifying to contemplate! ;)

On a serious note, how much more widespread do you think the TLM will be in this archdiocese?

Paul in Long Beach

8:47 AM  
Blogger Christopher Milton said...


Is there really dancing at the Masses at the REC? What kind of chalices do they use - plastic?

I'm not familiar with any of this and I'm curious about how widespread such things are, seriously. Please, drop me an e-mail at Christopher W Milton at gmail dot com, be sure to take out the spaces - I doubt I'll be able to retrace my web wanderings to find this post again.


1:48 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul in Long Beach,

None of us really knows for sure what the Pope will do, of course, but if he at all relaxes the de facto ban on the Tridentine Mass, there will be priests who will want to say it and there will be parishioners who want it.

Establishment liberal bishops and priests will resist it, though, because the Tridentine Mass conflicts with their ideology.

So you and I and all of us must do our part, when and if the time comes, to urge that our local bishops and priests comply.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "freeing up" of the TLM is certainly a wonderful notion, but more exciting is the possibility (likelihood) that there will also be in this document, or following soon after it, instruction on the NO liturgy, addressing the abuses which have become the norm, and setting the stage for their immediate correction. This seems to be the path that is being taken with the "Directory for Music" and the points outlined in Sacramentum Caritatis. Any other thoughts on this out there?

3:08 PM  

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