Remember the dust up on the Diocese of Novara, Italy, over the implementation of Summorum Pontificum and how some priests are celebrating the older form of Mass in conflict with the wishes of the local bishop? WDTPRS posted here and here.
Here is a new story from La Stampa. My translation":
Mass in Latin, ultimatum of the bishop to "rebel" priests
The three priests who celebrate the Mass in Latin have been invited to leave their parishes "voluntarily". An ultimatum that might precede the decision of H.E. Renato Corti, Bishop of Novara, to transfer them on his own authority. At Easter, Fr. Alberto Secci, Fr. Stefano Coggiola and Fr. Marco Pizzocchi could find themselves elsewhere, far from their parishes of Santa Maria Maggiore, Crevoladossola and Nibbiola. This is how they will pay, if they don’t retreat, for their decision to celebrate to the bitter end Masses always and only in Latin.
The imminent removal of these pastors is arousing protests in Crevoladossola where a group of the faithful have mobilized. Already in December they wrote, without any result, to Rome, to Dario Card. Castrillòn Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [wow… did they get that wrong!]. Those directly interessted prefer instead to remain silent. "Today, I am not speaking. Call me tomorrow," responded Fr. Alberto Secci from Santa Maria Maggiore. Many of the faithful, including some administrators, entered the fray in his defense, with a petition (signed by over 600 people), sent to the bishop and the Pope.
The tug-of-war started in December when the priests "went on strike" after receiving the letter with which Fr. Piero Cerutti, director of the Diocesan Office for Social Communications, invited them "not to substitute Masses in the ordinary form (in Italian) destined for the whole parochial community." Fr. Cerutti wrote: "The ordinary form must be guarateed above all on feast days and Sundays". He wasn’t kept waiting for the response: the priests continued to pray only in Latin. "We are not juke-box priests" who, this day, say Mass in one way and, another day, in another" the Ossolan (a region) priests replied, more than ever convinced of their position. They are being "help up" by the solidariety of the faithful.
The dialogue hasn’t stopped between the Curia and and the "latinist" priests. Until now the positions have remained far apart. For several weeks the Latin "rebels" were substituted by priests sent to say Mass in Italian. But these substitutions, seen like crossing the picket line, have sparked tensions. At Vocogno, in the Vigezzo valley, someone even dressed down the vicar of the area, Fr. Luigi Preioni.
Two days ago, letters were sent from the Cura by which the three priests were invited to "forsake" their parishes voluntarily. The sending of the letters was not confirmed either by the Curia or by the vicar at Ossola. But the customary "no comment" aren’t calming the polemics – on the contrary.
In Crevoladossola, Marco Tanzarella, in the name of the other faithful, wrote a letter in defense of Fr. Stefano to forestall "that priests be removed from their charges on Holy Thursday, after a painful and vexatious slandering campaign in their regard". He wrote this, sustaining that he confirmed the imminent transer with the vicar of the area. Then, Tanzarella’s full-court press: "This is the modern Church, and this is the Church of the 21st century that must retrieve consensus and vocations; perhaps this is the Church that Pope Benedict hoped for in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Perhaps not! This is the arm-chair Church, of chushy posts, and numbers, and priest burocrats who confuse the Gospel with the legder. The Church hides itself behind the word "change", but it doesn’t really want it, as it brings no advantages, on the contrary it invests it (the Church) even more with the responsibility of the work for the faith it has to carry out.