Let those suffering from hysteria over the Pope changing the Good Friday prayers in the older rite consider this. This deals with the great Luigi De Magristris. If there were ever a man to be made Cardinal, it would be he.
My emphases and comments:
Archbishop to ordain priests using Tridentine Mass in Rome cathedral
By John Thavis
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A former Vatican official will ordain four traditionalist priests in a Tridentine Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Rome, church officials said. [Yes, the Vicarius would have had to approve this. But do you think for a moment it didn’t require the Pope’s approval? So, old Mass… ordination… in his cathedral church.]
The Feb. 23 ordination Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran will be the most prominent celebration of the old rite in Rome since Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on its use last year. [Brick by brick, people. What will be next?]
The Mass, to be celebrated by Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, will follow the 1962 Roman Missal, known commonly as the Tridentine rite. In July 2007 the pope issued new rules, saying the old rite could be used much more freely than before.
Those to be ordained are members of the Good Shepherd Institute, [ROFL! The French bishops will love this. REmember the kerfuffle about this group? So much, therefore, as to say: "Get over it."] a society of apostolic life that uses only the Tridentine rite. The institute, based in France, is made up primarily of priests and seminarians who left the schismatic [CNS’s word, but I don’t think that represents the official position of the USCCB.] Society of St. Pius X and reconciled with the Vatican in 2006.
The Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, split with the Vatican years ago over liturgical and other issues.
In a statement, the Good Shepherd Institute expressed thanks to the pope and the Diocese of Rome. [You can bet they did!]
"We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the ecclesiastical authorities who have graciously allowed the celebration of this Mass to take place in the extraordinary form and in the cathedral of the Holy Father," the statement said.
"The Institute of the Good Shepherd wishes to take this opportunity to demonstrate its devotion to and communion with the Holy Father and, though him, its communion with the whole church," it said. [Gee… I’d like to celebrate my communion with Peter too. How about another big Mass in St. Peter’s with Peter himself?]
Archbishop De Magistris is the retired head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, an office that deals with indulgences and matters of conscience. Last September, he celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving in Rome for the papal document that allowed wider use of the 1962 missal.
I used to talk with Mons. De Magistris often. He is the one I sometimes call "the last Roman Catholic priest".