Diogenes on the Motu Proprio

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yet another motu proprio?

Pope Benedict the XVI will soon release a moto proprio permitting the celebration of the Novus Ordo Mass without liturgical abuses, CWN has learned.

The 1-page document, accompanied by a 50-page explanatory letter, will allow individual priests to celebrate the Mass of 1969 according to the revised General Instruction for the Roman Missal. Bishop Ronald Mackerelperson criticized the relaxed rules that will permit the lawful celebration of the Novus Ordo. In a prepared statement, Mackerelperson said that the Holy See is overlooking the pastoral benefits of liturgical abuse. "When I see Mother Superior of the Erie Benedictine nuns in a polyester leotard performing a liturgical dance, I ask myself what could make the liturgy more relevant to Dick and Jane in the pews," he said.

Mackerelperson said that as a result of this kind of liturgical expertise on the part of the Benedictine nuns, he has appointed nuns as permanent administrators of most of the parishes in his diocese. The bishop predicted "pastoral chaos" if the liturgical abuse is outlawed. "Liturgy must be accessible to the young people and giving unregulated permission to priests to celebrate Mass according to the rubrics should not be tolerated," he complained.

Bishop Mackerelperson added the proposed motu proprio, if it is issued in the form being discussed by Vatican-watchers, would "disrupt years of careful liturgical training of priests and laity."

I will drink a glass of the Veuve in honor of this MP also.  Perhaps I will invite Diogenes and Bp. Mackerelperson to join me.   That would be an interesting evening.

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18 Responses to Diogenes on the Motu Proprio

  1. chris says:

    I just posted this on “Cardinal Sean’s” blog. I cannot believe he’s actually telling his flock this nonsense:

    Your Excellency:

    While I expect spin from our political leaders I don’t expect it from our prelates. And what you have posted here, whether intentionally or due to your ignorance, is pure fiction and spin pertaining to the Traditional Latin Mass.

    You told your fellow bishops in Rome there isn’t a strong desire here? Did you even confer with your fellow American bishop, H.E. Burke, who has THREE traditional Mass orders in St. Loius? You must have said it when he was out of ear shot because he surely would have corrected you.

    And, on this site itself, it says the Priestly Society of St. Pius X has only 18 churches here in the U.S. But if you simply go to http://www.sspx.org you will see that it has regular Masses in 38 states, 104 Chapels (not counting SSPX-friendly chapels where there are about 100), 24 schools, 4 retreat houses, 4 Summer camps, 1 College, 1 Seminary, 64 priests, and 63 seminarians. This is the equivolent of an ENTIRE DIOCESE in the U.S.

    Finally, you say that you allow the Mass and there isn’t too much interest. Well, you just crushed the one traditional Mass you allowed and moved it away from the city. Why not have the FSSP or Institute of Christ the King come in and truly offer the traditional Mass more than one time a Sunday, use the traditional sacraments, and offer a daily Mass for the Faithful? And not simply shove traditionalists into a ghetto area where the only Mass is at obscure hours that you know is difficult for people with large families to attend.

    I pray that you discontinue your abuse of the traditional Catholic Faith and start to nurish those of us who want to grow in our Faith the same way — and in the same rite — our parents, grandparent and apostles did. If you do not, I pray for your soul.

    Comment by Chris — June 30, 2007 @ 6:49 am

  2. Janet says:

    Chris,
    I posted something much tamer than your post yesterday evening on the Cardinal’s blog, and it’s already been deleted. I’d guess your post won’t last long either. His Eminence doesn’t seem to want commentary that disagrees with his position. But then it IS his blog….

  3. Andy S. says:

    Chris,
    That’ll win him over; I’m sure.

  4. chris says:

    Andy, i could care less if it wins him over. I’m just tired of people, our prelates no less, puposely misleading the faithful. If it gets deleted, so be it. But I think a little righteous indignation is needed every once in a while.

  5. Henry Edwards says:

    Janet,
    Delete a blog post that disagrees with you, delete a parish(*) that disagrees with you. Hey, among us open-minded liberals, what’s the big difference?

    (*) E.g., that’s so dumb, hence unworthy of continued existence, that they don’t even know how unimportant the issue of the Latin Mass is.

  6. Raymundus says:

    Isn’t using different names of fish unnecessarily limiting? And why limit it to “person,” as well? Let’s just use, “H.E. Fish-thing” to cover our bases.

  7. Brian Crane says:

    I, for one, would be very happy never to use the “Book of Blessings” again, but instead the “Collectio Rituum”. I wonder if such official books pertaining to sacramentals will also be mentioned in the MP. Maybe Fr. Z. should start a contest to see who can most accurately predict all the finer details of the MP. The prize should be a free copy of the expensive Lewis & Short!

  8. Brian Crane says:

    Sorry, that last comment should have been posted on the Tornielli thread.

  9. aeneas says:

    Apparently Cardinal Sean is so out of touch with the strong desire for the Tridentine Mass which he has restricted so much in the Archdiocese of Boston that he is unaware that “The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen”, a sedevacantist group, has a presence in that archdiocese (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mission 400 Cummings Park Woburn, MA 01801) along with the SSPX which has a Sunday Mass at St. Botolph’s Chapel 1 Walpole Street, Suite 3 NORWOOD, MA. This is in addition to an independent chapel, St. Roger and Mary, in West Roxbury.

  10. Richard says:

    Diogenes is, indeed, a treasure.

    No wields a sharper scalpel.

  11. Chris says:

    Check this out — just got this in an email. Pretty good stuff. Father, looks like this person incorporated your Golden Rule for the first request. Seems pretty level-headed:

    POST-MOTU PROPRIO: What Traditional Catholics Want After Promulgation

    It appears certain that, in the coming days, our Holy Father will promulgate a motu proprio freeing the Traditional Latin Mass which was perfected in the sixth century and canonized in 1570 by Pope St. Pius V. However, without proper enforcement and enactment, it will mean little to traditional Catholics in their every day lives. Below is a respectful request to our prelates world wide upon its promulgation. Please pass along and spread the word:

    1. That all traditional Catholics, upon its promulgation, welcome it with humility and joy and not a “we win” attitude;
    2. That non-traditional Catholics see it less as an attack on the Novus Ordo Mass and liturgy but as an opportunity to grow their own Faith and return to the Church’s roots and the way of the Saints;
    3. That our bishops accept it in joy and gladness and profound respect for the Holy Father and implement it fully and without hesitation understanding that, while we do not just “prefer” the Traditional Latin Mass but desire it exclusively, we also do not question the validity of the Novus Ordo Mass if it adheres fully to the rubrics of the new missal and absent of abuses;
    4. That our bishops ensure at least one Traditional Latin Mass every day of the week, every week of the year;
    5. That every priest who wishes to pray the Traditional Latin Mass, whether publicly or privately, be able to do so without threat or intimidation by his bishop or the lay people of the diocese;
    6. That, if a diocese does not have a priest who wishes to pray the Traditional Latin Mass daily, the bishop work with a traditional group like the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) to bring one of their priests into his diocese for this purpose;
    7. That each and every diocese has at least one full parish that offers only the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments as well as the traditional Baltimore Catechism for the formation of traditional young Catholics;
    8. That our bishops provide at least one traditional Catholic school per diocese in order that our children may receive a classical Catholic education focused on the traditional Faith and Sacraments;
    9. That every bishop once a year confirms young, traditional Catholics into the Church in the traditional rite (which does not include a Mass during the ceremony);
    10. That every diocese has at least one parish with more than one Traditional Latin Mass each Sunday so that traditional Catholics have a choice in Mass times like all other Catholics who assist at the Novus Ordo Mass;
    11. That at least one parish have a priest who exclusively prays the Traditional Latin Mass and is not forced to “concelebrate” with Novus Ordo priests or confer new rite sacraments at another parish;
    12. That there be no mixing of the rites – if 1962 is the year for which traditionalism is recognized, then nothing post-1962 should ever enter the Traditional Latin Mass, Sacraments or liturgy;
    13. That the traditional calendar in place in 1962 is used in accordance with each and every Traditional Latin Mass;
    14. That at least one Traditional Latin Mass is available on each and every Holy Day of Obligation in effect in 1962 according to the traditional calendar;
    15. That every attempt is made by each bishop to bring any and all independent chapels or Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) chapels into full communion with him in his diocese. If they refuse, so be it, but at least make an honest attempt for the sake of the Faith.

    Many bishops are already using the talking points that they already allow a Traditional Latin Mass and “there really just isn’t any interest.” That is because, in most cases, they grant only one Mass a Sunday, at an hour too late in the day for most to attend, in the worst neighborhood in town, without the traditional Sacraments or chance of a daily Mass. Once they make it impossible to survive, they tell the media no one wants “that old Mass.” Let’s pray they put these desires into action and see what kind of response they get.

    While there is much more than this which is needed to finally bring the One True Faith back to its full glory in the future, this would be a wonderful and holy place to start once the motu proprio is promulgated. Let us pray that all Catholics, whether traditionally minded or not, welcome the wishes of the Holy Father and pray that this undertaking of his brings us closer together as we once were. Oremus pro invicem.

  12. michigancatholic says:

    I put something tactful but truthful that they could maybe understand on the archbishop’s blog and it’s still there. Namely, allowing the classical mass to be said is a diversity issue. The common Novus Ordo mass is very narrow and many people can’t feel at home in it.

  13. Bruce says:

    God bless Mackerelperson!
    He really care bout us regular Katholicks!
    But what it mean word “bishop?” It too hard for me.
    Maybe we more better use word “overseer.”

  14. michigancatholic says:

    I know, of course, that there’s much more to it, but those are the terms they will have trouble slapping me over. It’s Massachusetts, after all. GAG.

  15. Lynne says:

    aeneas, for those of us on the North shore of Boston, there’s a SSPX chapel in Salem, NH and out by Worcester is an abbey/monastery in Still River. See, we have lots of choices!

  16. Craigmaddie says:

    It’s funny because it’s true!

  17. Judith Brown says:

    Dear Aeneas:
    FYI – about 1/2 the nuns of the sedevacantist group “The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen” who teach at Mount St. Michael’s in Spokane, WA, have left and come back to Holy Mother Church. Pray that Bishop Skylstad has the virtues necessary to provide for these nuns and to use the very good gifts they have to offer for the benefit of the faithful of the much-beleaguered diocese of Spokane.

  18. swmichigancatholic says:

    Judith,
    When did this happen?