Here is the [official] statement on Summorum Pontificum from the [Liturgy Office of] Diocese of Winona. This statement is of special interest because the Seminary of the SSPX is in the Diocese of Winona. [UPDATE: In a comment below this entry, the Communication Director of the Diocese of Winona chimed in to say that this is not the official statement of the Bishop of Winona. I want that to be clear. The bishop’s official statement will be examined in another entry.]
Given that a major institution of the SSPX is in the bishop’s backyard, let’s see what the Diocese has to say.
My emphases and comments.
Understanding the Apostolic Letter
ON THE CELEBRATION OF MASS
WITH TWO FORMS, ONE RITE
1. Why did Pope Benedict XVI write the Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum?
Pope Benedict is concerned, as was Pope John Paul II, about the potential division in the Church due to Catholics who still [And so it begins.] want to celebrate Mass in Latin [First mistake. Latin is not the issue. The issue is the older form of MASS, which of course includes Latin.] instead of the vernacular. This statement follows one made in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, who gave permission to celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass according the missal of 1962. Both popes hope to draw these Catholics into the mainstream of the Catholic church. [Well… yes and no. It is certainly the desire of both Popes to help those with questionable unity to reconnect with the Roman Pontiff. However, they provided that they would NOT have to enter the "mainstream"! Instead, provisions were made for their liturgical aspirations, which ought to be respected. So, "mainstream" in the sense of unity, which is equal for all, but not liturgically.] Pope Benedict also hopes that his statement will help Bishops because since the pope has given permission, the bishops will not have to process requests for Mass in Latin. [With which they shouldn’t have to be bothered? Which was such a burden? Which was so… distasteful? Even if this doesn’t reveal a negative view, it is an interesting, and revealing, take on Summorum Pontificum on the bishops’ role.] Pope Benedict’s statement makes grants [?] permission to such request automatically.
2. Does this mean that all Masses will be in Latin in the future?
No. The Mass we celebrate today in the vernacular will be known as the “ordinary” form of the Mass which means the same as the “normal form” [I am not sure of that.] of Mass. Mass that is celebrated out-of-the-ordinary or normal form is called the, “extraordinary form” [the "abnormal form"?] because it is “extra” or outside of the usual form of Mass. He says that these two forms, ordinary and extra-ordinary, make up one Roman rite. As a result, we will not speak of the Latin rite but of the Latin form of Mass. [NO! This is wrong. The Novus Ordo can be, ought to be first and foremost in Latin!]
3. When would a priest celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass?
A priest may celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass, privately at any time except during the Triduum. The difference today is that if people want to join him in these “private” celebrations, the Pope has given them permission to do so. [I wonder if that is in fact what the Motu Proprio does. I think the truth is that no Mass MUST be without people present. It is better for people to attend. So, if Father says Mass, whatever Mass, people can attend. I think the Motu Proprio is stating a fact, rather than a grant of permission.] A priest may celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass in public only if there is a stable group of people who wish to pray in Latin. [This is a twisted way of putting it. First, there is a problem with the translation "stable group". Also the issue is not…. must we say it again…. only the language!] If such a group already exists in the parish, they wold consult with the pastor who can now respond to the group’s request without permission from the bishop. (Prior to this statement, the pastor was required to get permission from his bishop). The Pope has outlined certian guidelines, however. For example, in order to celebrate the extraordinary form, the Pope says that a priest must be suitably qualified to celebrate it in Latin and he must have the minimum knowledge and ability required for a legitimate use of the extraordinary form. [Which is, after all, only reasonable!] The Pope’s letter said that a priest must know the Latin language [Does it say this? I thought the criterion was "minimum knowledge and ability"] and the instructions (rubrics) for celebrating the Mass in Latin according to the 1962 form.
4. May the other sacraments be celebrated in this extraordinary form?
Yes. A pastor may also grant permission for the celebration of the other Sacraments or funerals or other occasional celebrations [This is a problematic phrase. I think better is "celebration for occasions"] according to the extraordinary form, (in Latin) when requested to do so by priests or a stable group [again, the problematic (wrong) translation is used] of the faithful. However, other sacramental celebrations and prayer in English and Latin, may not be intermingled [It sounds like this is a position against use of the newer Lectionary with the older form.] since each has its own proper form[.]
5. What happens if a stable group requests Mass in Latin and the priest is unable to celebrate it in this manner?
The Pope wrote, “Should some problem arise which the parish priest cannot resolve, the local ordinary (bishop or vicar general) [Ummm… I think the MP says "Episcopus dioecesanus". It does not say "vicarius". There are references to "ordinaries", and that is a techincal term which means more than a local bishop. But I think this explicit reference to the vicar general is wrong. I am waiting to be corrected.] will always be able to intervene, in full harmony, however, with all that has been laid down in Summorum Pontificum.”
6. Can any priest decide that he will no longer celebrate the Mass in the ordinary form ?
No. The Pope clearly says, “in order to experience full communion, the priests of the communities adhering to the old liturgy cannot, as a matter of principle, exclude celebrating according to the new liturgy.” He continues, “the total exclusion of the new liturgy would not in fact be consistent with the recognition of its value and holiness.”
7. Which liturgical calendar and Lectionary would people use with the extraordinary form?
When Mass is celebrated according to the Latin form, the priest will use the vernacular edition of the Lectionary for Mass [This is both wrong and confused. First, there IS NO LECTIONARY with the older form of the Missale Romanum. The readings are not in any separate book. Second, the older form of Mass requires that the readings be recited in Latin. They can later be read in the vernacular. I leave aside the debate about the use of the newer readings and calendar. However, I note especially how this statement says "will use", which prescribes something that cannot be prescribed.] and the calendar of the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. There is a commission in Rome called, Ecclesia Dei [It is called the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"] which will study the possibility of adding the new saints and prayers of the ordinary form of the Mass to the books of the Latin form of the Mass.
8. Does the use of the extraordinary form of the Mass with its previous texts mean that the Church is reverting to its recent teaching on anti-Semitism? [How tiresome.]
No. The 1962 Missale Romanum already reflected Blessed John XXIII’s revision of older liturgical language often thought of as anti-Semitic.
In 1965, the statement Nostra Aetate of the Second Vatican Council repudiated all forms of anti-Semitism as having no place within Christian life.
When Pope Paul VI issued the Missale Romanum of 1969, he revised the only prayer addressing the Jewish people in the Roman liturgy. It appeared [?] during the general intercessions for Good Friday. His revision reflects a renewed understanding of the Jews as God’s chosen people, “first to hear the word of God.”
Pope John Paul II worked to reconcile the Church with the Jewish people and to strengthen new bonds of friendship. Pope Benedict XVI remains committed to “the need to overcome past prejudices, misunderstandings, indifference and the language of contempt and hostility [and to continue] the Jewish-Christian dialogue…to enrich and deepen the bonds of friendship which have developed.”
9. Is Pope Benedict questioning the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council by granting these practices?
No. The Pope is clear that the current Missale Romanum, the Mass in the vernacular, is the ordinary form of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The extraordinary form, in Latin, is from the 1962 Missal of Pope John XXIII.
10. When is this statement to take effect?
The apostolic letter will take effect on September 14, 2007, the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.
There are a lot of problems with this statement.