Once again we thank Rorate for a translation of paragraph #6 at the end of the closing talk Card. Ricard gave for the end of the meeting of the French bishops. It concerned the "Tridentine" thing. Big surprise. Here is my translation of the same together with the paragraph immediately before (#5). My emphasis and comments.
5) We know quite well the disputes with the faithful who have followed [Archbp.] Lefevbre in his "No" to Rome are not primarily liturgical, [For most, I bet it is liturgical.] but theological – concerning religious liberty, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue – and politics. But all the same we do not want minimize the importance of the liturgy which is at the heart of ecclesial life. In this regard we thank those who were formed, who contributed to the quality of our liturgies and who enable us to have, in many places, celebrations that are beautiful, prayful, joyous and recollected. [D’accord! When you can find them!]
6) We want to pursue the reception of those who retain an attachment to the so-called Mass of "St. Pius V". A diversity is possible. But it must be regulated. This comes from the unity of the liturgy and the unity of the Church. One musn’t leave the choice of one of the forms of the Roman rite – the Mass of “Saint Pius V” or the Mass of “Paul VI” to one’s subjectivity alone. [Going out farther onto the thin limb….] A Church in which each person would build his own chapel according to his personal tastes, his sensibility, his choice of liturgy or his political opinions could not still be the Church of Christ. It is necessary today to resist the temptation of an "à la carte religion". [CRACK! You mean… "the cafeteria is closed"!?? I fully expect now that the French bishops will begin their work on curbing individualist "subjectivity" ] As bishops, with the Holy Father and under his authority, we are ready to watch over the unity and the communion in the bosom of our local Churches and among our Churches.
First, the tone here is far more positive toward the traditionalist problem than the early reporting might have suggested it cold be. However, the content cuts both ways. In justice both sides, traditionalists and progressives must be treated even handedly. What might be the reason for the more positive sound here? Does it come from the fact that the bishops now have a game plan (for good or ill)? Or is this Ricard’s way of delivering the game plan, whether they want it or not?
Second, there is an ecumenical thing here. Notice the end: "communion in the bosom of our local Churches and among our Churches." This must refer to the individual diocese in France, but perhaps then also other Catholic Churches or the Orthodox, etc. Easter Christianity binds much of its identity to their liturgical rites. What must they think about dialogue with Latins who treat those who want traditional liturgy so badly?
Third, many who are not French don’t grasp how this traditionalist thing is tied into French politics. I suspect the French bishops are not terribly conservative. So, they must be really nervous and irritated at dealing with the French traditionalists, for whom traditionalism is often highly political. Still, that point can’t hold up the whole world, right?
Many of the things the Cardinal says really, in justice, have to be applied also to the liberal lefties and their "cafeteria Catholicism". It would be intolerable for them after all this not to begin working also to rein in the progressivist subjectivity.