Skip to comments.For the Record - Le Figaro: the document is on the Pope's desk
Posted on 03/03/2007 7:54:20 AM PST by Frank Sheed
Latin Mass: Benedict XVI takes his time
Hervé Yannou (at the Vatican) Published March 3 2007
The project of a pontifical decree liberalizing the celebration of the Mass in Latin according to the ancient rite has not been shelved. The document is on the desk of Benedict XVI. It remains to be known when and how he will decide to publish a text which greatly interests him [lui tient à coeur] and what will be its exact content. The rebellion of the French episcopate at the time of the first news on the document last fall had deeply affected the Pope. The perception of the question of Catholic Integrists [sic] is not the same on both sides of the Alps. The diplomats of the Holy See had not always understood the parties and political divisions of this "liturgical war".
The Roman Curia is divided. ... Benedict XVI thus takes his time to prepare the publication and reception of the text. He could have therefore changed the juridical nature of the decree. He could make it public particularly following the publication of the final text of the Synod on the Eucharist, assembled in October 2005.Expected for several months, the Pope's conclusions to the reflections of the bishops of the entire world should face the question of the celebration of the Mass. The text could therefore include some indications. Benedict XVI has publicly announced that he would shortly sign this exhortation...
posted by New Catholic at 10:04 AM 2 comments
For the Record - Schmitz: Motu proprio "is ready" Some excerpts of Brian Mershon's report on a recent conference by Mgr. Michael Schmitz, United States Provincial of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS), published by Envoy Magazine:
On the "Motu proprio":
I can tell you that the document is ready, he said. The person who is responsible for it does not want to discuss it any longer, Schmitz added.
Msgr. Schmitzs revelation corresponds with the February 7 Mexican daily Milenio article, although citing no sources, which reported the PCED had delivered the document to the Pope in January for his review, consideration and eventual promulgation.
Marini to be replaced soon:
Another notable newsworthy item that Msgr. Schmitz delivered at his February 19, hour-long presentation during the question-and-answer period was that Archbishop Piero Marini, whom many had speculated would have been removed long ago, has finally accepted another assignment.
The Pope is before all else, a gentlemen, ... Msgr. Schmitz did not give any details as to the nature of Archbishop Marinis new assignment.
On the "Reform of the Reform":
...the popularly called reform of the reform of the Novus Ordo missal is distinct from, and does not concern the old missal,
On changes to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal:
The missal we use will be left unchanged...
Aspects of the post-synodal exhortation:
...two specific encouragements offering Mass ad orientem and using a Latin canon and Gregorian chant during the ordinaries of the Novus Ordo liturgy may indeed be part of the post-Synod on the Eucharist document...
posted by New Catholic at 1:51 AM 10 comments
Archbishop Marini is finally out. Details apparently to come.
Tridentine Mass Update: 2 stories.
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Envoy: interesting Motu Proprio stuff
CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 5:40 am
Envoy Magazine, in a piece authored by Brian Mershon, provides insights into the forthcoming "old Mass" Motu Proprio.
The source is Msgr. Michael Schmitz of the Institute of Christ the King during a 19 February talk held by Tradition, Family, Property in McLean, Virginia.
The article, "Traditional Liturgy Not Affected by the Reform of the Reform" seeks to put some traditionalists at ease about such dire things as the calendars of the old Missale and the new being coordinated.
There was a hint that the papal Master of Ceremonies, H.E. Piero Marini might be moving, but (and this is important) "Msgr. Schmitz did not give any details as to the nature of Archbishop Marinis new assignment."
To my knowledge, Schmitz is well-placed to learn some things about these matters. Not only is he obviously one of the smartest and well-balanced clerics in the traditionalist movement, he has long-standing ties to the Holy Father, having been ordained priest by him years ago together with Msgr. Georg Ganswein, the Holy Fathers present personal secretary.
According to Mershons account of what Msgr. Schmitz communicated in the talk, the M.P. will allow every priest of the Latin Rite to say the older, "Tridentine" Mass not only privately (which he says priests can do now even without special permission) but also publicly. Many have wondered just how that would work, since seemingly it doesnt allow much room for the rights of local bishops.
According to Mershons piece, if a bishop wants to block a priest from using the older Mass he would have to write to and get approval from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei". On the other hand, priests would have recourse to the Commission in case of trouble. It remains to be seen if that is really the solution to the dilemma, but, while still problematic, it is not bad.
The piece reports that the Pope now has the text of the M.P. Apparently Msgr. Schmitz said: "The person who is responsible for it does not want to discuss it any longer." That is consistent with my experience here in Rome. A nearly complete wall of silence has dropped around the document (though not total!) which suggests that it is now in the Popes hands and is not longer subject to discussion in the dicasteries.
The recent interview in Inside the Vatican with Archbishop Ranjith, and what I have written about for years, presents the model that the side-by-side use of the newer and older Missals would result in the jump-start of an organic process of development of the Roman liturgy, each influencing the other. This was Joseph Ratzingers model. What Schmitz gave forth is largely consistent with that view. For the a "reform of the reform" to work, some things from the past need to be reclaimed, including greater use of Latin and ad orientem celebrations of Holy Mass, and maybe the recovery of elements such as the priests pre-Conciliar offertory prayers. It may be that these are elements in the Holy Fathers long-expected Post-Synodal Exhortation.
This might explain the long delays of both the Exhortation and the M.P.: they required coordination.
I urge you all once again to pray especially that the angel guardians work to soften the hearts of those who are obstinately opposing such a Motu Proprio so that its release will be irenic and fruitful.
While it would be nice to have TLM at more than 2 parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, what I want (like it really counts) the most is for the priest to face the crucifix while celebrating Mass. It's not about him. And bring back the altar rails.
My last request is for people not to applaud during Mass. We go to Mass to worship the Lord God, not each other and that's why we have a hall.
So true. You are one of the few, in your desire for the priest to "face the crucifix", that actually cares if the priest is praying or not at Mass. Facing the poeple has got to work on him, transforming him slowly but surely into an actor.
Thus the applause when he really nails his lines, and the warm fuzzy feeling when he makes just the right facial expression, holy or comic, whatever the audience wants.