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To: Mrs. Don-o
"Following Summorum Pontificum, he [Cardinal Bergoglio] made the traditional Mass readily available."

I find the above statement highly questionable. For the truth, check the following links, both to Rorate Caeli:

The Horror! A Buenos Aires journalist describes Bergoglio

How Summorum Pontificum was blocked and trampled on in Buenos Aires: facts, not fantasy and disinformation

And please follow your own advice and read the links in their entirety.

3 posted on 05/12/2013 4:45:23 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide
Without knowledge independently obtained by ourselves, we're reduced to saying, "My source says," vs "MY source says".

So a third source, my friend Fernanda W., says this may be the case: there were (when she was in Argentina), a lot of TLM's in chapels run by the SSPX. Card. Bergoglio inbstituted a TLM almost immediately when Summorum Pontificum was issued. She says Bergoglio's intention was, that there would eventually be enough Masses to accomodate all the people who wanted them.

There were 100-200 people at this initial Archdiocese-sponsored Mass, but the numbers dropped rapidly week by week until the effort was more or less abandoned for lack of interest.

And why was there "lack of interest"? According to Fernanda, the TLM sponsored by Card. Bergoglio suffered from a lack of well-trained, experienced celebrants, and a Schola Cantorum pretty much had to be organized from sratch. They also lacked Roman-style vestments, the accessories and vessels of the altar needed for a TLM High Mass.

Furthermore, she thinks the SSPX leadership started railing against Bergoglio's TLM, afraid that such Masses sponsored by the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires would draw people back to the Catholic Church. The content and extent of this "railing" I have no idea, but the result was, they effectively persuaded everybody who was interested in the TLM to drop the Archd8ocesan Mass and go back to the SSPX chapels.

True? I don't know.

Perhaps Cdl. Bergoglio concluded that this was just causing more barbed responses from the SSPX, and didn't y have enough faithful Catholics to justify the sustained effort and expense of recruiting chanters/choirs or buying new vestments and vessels of the altar, if the SSPX was boycotting them and nobody else was going to come.

And that's all I know --- and more than I know --- because it's a 3rd person account.

But I don't think it's productive for us to wrangle with each other about it with each other. Let's entreat more fervently for a reconciliation between the SSPX and the Catholic Church, and commend each other to Christ in our prayers.

4 posted on 05/15/2013 7:58:51 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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