The following was transcribed and sent by a faithful WDTPRSer. It is an article from The Western Kentucky Catholic, wherein His Excellency Most Reverend John McRaith, Bishop of Owensboro, expresses himself about the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
My emphases and comments.
Diocese Will Strive To Make the Tridentine Rite Latin Mass More Accessible [The the onset, this sounds very positive!] To The People of God
My Dear Friends,
On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated an Apostolic Letter “Motu Proprio” on the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. In his Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father allows for the wider use of the Tridentine [we should move away from calling it this, though it is still useful] Rite Latin Mass – the Mass in use prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Our Holy Father acknowledges that some members of the faithful are still [not just "still". Also, "newly". ] attached to this form of the celebration of the liturgy, and it is his desire to provide them with a greater opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist according to the 1962 Roman Missal.
The authority to permit the celebration of this Mass has been at the discretion of all Bishops for some time now, but the Pope’s new legislation simply permits all priests to celebrate such a Mass- as an “extraordinary expression” – if there is a call for it, and he is qualified to do so. In his letter, the Holy Father makes it clear that the Novus Ordo, the rite that we currently use for the celebration of the Mass, is the “ordinary form” of the Mass, and the former liturgy (the Tridentine Rite) is the “extraordinary expression.” No priest is required to celebrate this form of Mass. [I believe, therefore, the other argument could be made, no? No priest is therefore "required" to say the newer form? Unless, of course, he really doesn't need a salary.]
The ordinary form for celebrating the Mass and the Sacraments will continue to be the Novus Ordo.
The issue is not merely about celebrating the Mass in Latin, [thank you thank you thank you] since all priests may choose to celebrate the current form of the Mass in Latin. [thank you thank you thank you] The Tridentine Mass calls for a specific form or rituals of the liturgy.
The official spokesman of the Vatican described this new law as “a reconciliatory gesture” to a relatively small number of people attached to the old liturgy. It is the Holy Father’s wish that those who truly desire to worship using the Tridentine Rite will be given the opportunity to do so. This should not be seen as undermining the Second Vatican Council or liturgical reform in any way; nor does it “impose any return to the past.” The spokesman noted that the new order of Mass is the one celebrated regularly by our Holy Father, who has “spoken eloquently about its richness.”
I would like to express to you my commitment to carry out the wishes of the Holy Father in making the Tridentine Rite Latin Mass available to those who desire it in our diocese, providing that all of the guidelines of the Apostolic Letter are followed. This is a call that I take seriously, as does the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). [Quod est demonstrandum.] The USCCB subcommittee, the Committee on the Liturgy, has already begun to address many of the issues surrounding the carrying out of the Holy Father’s wishes in this regard.
Please know that I, in conjunction with our diocesan Office of Worship and in consultation with the Bishop’s Committee on the Liturgy, will continue to work toward addressing these issues to carry out the Holy Father’s desire to make the Tridentine Rite Latin Mass more accessible to the People of God.
If you would like to read the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter in its entirety, it may be found at http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/bclnewsletterjune07.pdf. Those without access to this resource may contact my office for a copy by calling 270-683-1545.
God’s blessings on you always
Sincerely in Christ,
+John J McRaith (signed)
In the balance this is a very good letter. I don’t know what dispositions there are presently in place in that diocese, but it sounds like the MP has the backing of the bishop.