Skip to comments.Pope Francis rejects attack on old rite and says "treasure tradition"
Posted on 05/29/2013 6:20:30 AM PDT by NYer
The Bishops of the region of Tavoliere met recently with Pope Francis on an ad limina visit. On their return home, one has given a fascinating glimpse of the attitude of Pope Francis to those who are seeking to use the opportunity of his papacy to attack the traditional Mass. This is reported in the Italian paper Il Foglio, in the article: La messa antica non si tocca, il Papa gesuita spiazza ancora tutti ("The old mass is not to be touched, the Jesuit Pope wrong-foots everyone")
Here is my translation of the relevant part of the article which tells of other bishops raising concerns with the Holy Father and goes on to speak of the intervention concerning the old Mass:
Then it was the turn of the bishop of Conversano and Monopoli, Domenico Padovano, who recounted to the clergy of his diocese how the priority of the bishops of the region of Tavoliere had been that of explaining to the Pope that the mass in the old rite was creating great divisions within the Church. The underlying message: Summorum Pontificum should be cancelled, or at least strongly limited. But Francis said no.This is not really a surprise (did anyone expect that Pope Francis would somehow "repeal" Summorum Pontificum?) but it is a welcome confirmation of what we would all expect.
Mgr Padovano explained that Francis replied to them saying that they should be vigilant over the extremism of certain traditionalist groups but also suggesting that they should treasure tradition and create the necessary conditions so that tradition might be able to live alongside innovation.
Pingum ad Summum.
Sorry pope, Jesus isn’t big on tradition. This guy is saying some pretty crazy things as of late.
I take it you are not catholic. The pope is referring to the "traditional" celebration of the Latin Mass. Such a pronouncement is anything but crazy; it is a blessing for those who prefer the older form of the liturgy.
Don't underestimate Jesus, who respects and commends tradition in this sense: (Matthew 13:52)
" And he said to them, Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.
I know many Catholics who love and treasure the Latin Mass. And that is a wonderful thing. I have absolutely no problem with that and hope it will always be provided for those who find it enriching.
As for me, I came up post-Vatican II, and to not speak a lick of Latin. Nor do any Catholics who are younger than I am, so far as I can tell. Nor is Latin likely going to prove very valuable in attracting new converts.
Hence the Church cannot make this an either/or proposition.
On the other hand, a lot of the people who attend our little parish TLM (2nd and 4th Sunday of the month) are young families with lots of kids. We've got some lovely pre-teen girls who are singing the Propers (the short antiphon-verse-doxology parts, usually from the Psalms, which change seasonally through the liturgical year.) Did the parents grow up with it? No, but the kids will.
1. You know more Latin than you think you do.
2. The Ordinary of the Mass never changes. You can learn it by rote, and any pocket Missal helpfully provides a facing-page English translation.
Whether in Latin or in the vernacular, young people are moved by reverent liturgies. There is more "there" there than in happy clappy hold-hands-around-the-campfire liturgies. Kids can tell the difference, and while pre-teens often get a buzz out of the rock masses, those masses lack the depth of traditional masses.
The transcendent attracts more converts than the goofy and banal.
They are teaching Latin in the schools again, at least in Los Angeles. Your generation may have missed it, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone.
I’m not a traditionalist per se, but this is good to hear.
I grew up VII as well, I see many 20 somethings at TLM, mostly guys who like the orderly manliness of the Old Rite.
Somehow the Church seemed to have converts before the Council.
Exactly. I used to question whether I would have ever converted if the Mass was not in English. Now I know better. It might have taken me a bit longer, perhaps, but if it's God's Will (and you cooperate with it) it happens...regardless of the language.
Are you aware of how Catholics interpret tradition? The Bible even says so.
Tradition is handing things on person to person, face to face, story by story. There was no Bible when Jesus was preaching. Even with St. Paul — his letters were handed around group to group.
It’s a good thing that works with the Bible. The Bible even says, I believe in three places that there were too many things to write down — and so things were handed on person to person.
Hope this helps.
That's the way the Missals were in my Parish, and how I learned it. It's not difficult.
And the Ordinary of the Mass IS Universal. I attended a Mass in Tokyo, which was celebrated in Japanese, and knew what was going on, and said the prayers to myself in English. Our daughter understands Japanese, and told me, later, that the homily was about the parable of the mustard seed. ;o)
The friend we were visiting, and who helped us find the little church tucked away in a neighborhood, and who is not Catholic, asked me afterwards how I was able to follow the Mass without knowing a word of Japanese. I just told her that the Mass is always the same, and said the same way, all over the world.