I received the following via e-mail. It concerns the implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru.
Keep in mind that a battle must be waged in Latin America for the heart and soul of the Church in an environment of increasing indifferentism and secularism.
For the Spanish check the blog Secretum meum mihi.
What follows was approved by the Archbishop of Lima, His Eminence Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani. NOT my translation, but I corrected some of the errors of orthography and a few of style.
My emphases and comments.
Archdiocesan Commision for the Doctrine of the Faith
Archdiocese of Lima
About the Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father Benedict XVI in the form of Motu Proprio about the use of the roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970
The Holy See published on July 7 2007 the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI about the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of the II Vatican Council. With this modification, restrictions for the celebration of the Latin Mass according to the Missal prior to the 1969 one will be lifted.
The Latin Mass – also known as Tridentine – was never officially suspended, but fell into disuse as a consequence of the new norms imposed by the II Vatican Council, [Well… as a result of the Council] which gave more importance to the celebration of the Mass in modern languages, so that the eucharistic celebration could be closer to the faithful. [This is inaccurate. The Council said Latin was to be retained. Also, Mass was never "far" from the people.]
The II Vatican Council (1963-1965) introduced the Novus ordo missae, the new way of celebrating Mass, which allowed the use of different languages, and which supposed the ceasing of the celebration of Mass in Latin, according to the 1962 Missal. [I suspect the translation here is not clear. The norms NEVER supposed the end of Mass in Latin. They REQUIRED Latin!]
Answers to some questions about the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.
1. What does the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of July 7 2007 establish?
It establishes new rules about the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform made after the II Vatican Council.
2. Does the Pope, with this Motu Proprio, pretend to abolish the Mass in Spanish?
No. It is about celebrating in an extraordinary form “the Mass in Latin as it was celebrated before the II Vatican Council”.
3. Is it a return to the past?
In no way it is a return to the past, but a valoration [be patient… this translation was done by someone whose native tongue is not English.] of a ritual form used for many centuries in the Church and of special importance to some of the faithful.
What those generations before us considered sacred, continues to be sacred and important for us too, and cannot be suddenly totally forbidden, and much least be considered harmful.
4. What is the main disposition of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum?
It is the following: the Roman liturgy will have two forms of being celebrated (uses). It is a double use of the one and same rite.
5. What is the first form of celebrating the Roman Liturgy?
The ordinary form: it is the form that follows the liturgical reform of Pope Paul VI after the II Vatican Council (1970), as it is in the liturgical books promulgated then. It is the form that practically all of us use in the Roman Catholic Church. There is an official edition in Latin, that can be used always and everywhere, [EXACTLY… "always and everywhere" and it cannot be prevented.] and translations in various modern languages, edited by the Episcopal Conferences of each place.
6. And what is the second form of celebrating the Roman Liturgy?
The extraordinary form: it is the one celebrated according to the liturgical books edited during the pontificate of Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962.
7. With the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum will the Mass be exclusively celebrated in Latin?
No. The Pope’s Motu Proprio does not eliminate the current liturgy emanated from the II Vatican Council. The Mass will still be celebrated in each region’s language.
8. What characteristics does the extraordinary form of celebrating the roman liturgy have?
Some of its characteristics are:
• It is a Missal totally in Latin, which does contain also the readings for the celebrations (it isn’t separated from the Lectionary, like the next Missal of 1970).
• It does contain only one Eucharistic Prayer, the “Roman Canon” (which corresponds to Eucharistic Prayer I of the next Missal, which has, otherwise, the option to choose among various eucharistic prayers.)
• Many prayers (including most part of the Roman Canon) are prayed in a low voice by the priest, in a way that is not audible for the people.
• Among other particularities it can be remembered the reading of the beginning of the Gospel of St. John at the end of the Mass.
• The 1962 Missal does not include concelebration. It doesn’t say anything about the orientation of the altar and the celebrant (towards the people or not). [Nor does the Novus Ordo. As a matter of fact, the rubrics presuppose that Mass is ad orientem.]
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum mentions the possibility of future enrichments of the 1962 Missal (inclusion of new saints and prefaces).
9. What characteristics has also the Roman Missal approved by Blessed John XXIII?
• The rite of St. Pius V can be used on any day of the year, except during the Paschal Triduum (Holy Week). [Unless at a "personal parish".]
• When it is a Mass without faithful, the priest doesn’t need any permision to celebrate it.
• It can be celebrated on any day of the week and “personal parishes” can be created. [See above.]
• Also, with this rite can be celebrated matrimonies, baptism, annointing of the sick, penance, etc., in other words all the sacraments.
If a Pastor puts difficulties to the celebration of Mass in its extraordinary form, the faithful can go to the Bishop.
10. With this extraordinary form of celebrating Mass will the faithful stop asisting at the eucharistic celebration?
No. Actually there is no reason for this, because the Mass will continue to be celebrated like it is done nowadays.
11. From what date will be allowed to celebrate Mass in Latin according to the dispositions of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum?
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum will be ruling from September 14 2007, feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Approved by the Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Perú, Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani Thorne on August 18 2007.
While there are some obvious biases in the statement, it isn’t all that bad. It seems clearly to be directed to simple people who are not well versed in liturgical matters.