The Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden, Most Reverend Anders Arborelius O.C.D., is weighing in about the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. The statement is very brief.
The Tridentine Mass
Following Summorum pontificum, the “motu proprio” that Pope Benedict XVI issued 7 July 2007 regarding the celebration of the Tridentine Mass in the form approved by Blessed John XXIII, I have been looking into ways of organizing the celebration of this form of Mass in our Diocese. With this “motu proprio”, the Holy Father wishes to strengthen unity in the Church and to confirm a rich liturgical and spiritual tradition which has to be preserved. In our Diocese, with all its different rites and languages used for celebrating Mass, there is already liturgical diversity, and there should therefore be no surprise at the Mass of Blessed John XXIII being celebrated more frequently in the future. I am very grateful that priests from the Institute of Christ the King have visited our Diocese regularly in order to celebrate this Mass. They have expressed their commitment to continuing doing so and also showed themselves willing to assist and instruct those diocesean priests interested in learning to say Mass in this form. My intention is thus to extend the celebration of this Mass in the three cities where it currently takes place: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö/Lund. As soon as schedules have been established, the details will be announced publically.
I would also like to thank the Association to the Memory of Cardinal Dante, for taking great care in fostering this liturgical tradition and Father Wilhelm Feussner, SJ, who for some time has been serving as contact person for the Diocese in this regard.
Stockholm 07.09.07 + Anders Arborelius O.C.D.
Nota Bene: The Institute of Christ the King is in Sweden helping out.
I have this wry image of a race on the part of the FSSP and the ICK to the doors of different chanceries and episcopal residences, along the lines of, say, that old movie, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, or, The Great Race.