On the blog Rinascimento Sacro, there is an update about the three priests in the Diocese of Novara, in N. Italy, who have run into a conflict with their Bishop, H.E. Most Rev. Renato Corti over the use of the older form of Mass according to Summorum Pontificum.
Three priests have decided they will not celebrate Mass on Sunday because they cannot say the TLM. Only the TLM.
Summorum Pontificum says that one Sunday Mass in a parish can be TLM. Effectively, these priests don’t want to use the Novus Ordo at all in their parishes.
People are staying away from the churches in protest over how the priests are being treated. In one place, Vogogna, where the patronal feast was to be celebrated, there was no Mass for the first time in 500 years. Another priest was sent out, but found only three women in church. After giving the priest a piece of their mind, they left.
As amusing, and alarming, as that is, the really interesting point is in this quote from the article:
"The bishop," Fr. Secci continued, "told us that we are right concerning the fundamental issues. Acting on his advice we contacted Msgr. Camille Perl, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, who told us that the bishops could grant us a three year experimental period, backing up his words with the concept that we weren’t in the letter of the Motu Proprio, but in its mens ("its ‘spirit’, ‘internal logic’). And so I’ll cite Msgr. Perl’s words that the three year experimental period could be granted because ‘law follows life, and not vice versa.’"
Frankly, I find the suggestion of Msgr. Perl to be excellent.
It will be interesting to see what happens to these priests. They just might get suspended for real.
But then the question is going to be this: "If a priest wants to say Mass but with only the old book, can he be suspended?" Given the fact that many priests have never followed the rubrics of the Novus Ordo, and have not been suspended, would that be just?
Do the words of Msgr. Perl say something about the forthcoming clarifications the Commission must publish? Probably.
We shall see.