Today we have some interviews!
First, I interview a young Nigerian priest, Fr. Paschal, about how he introduced Latin into the worship of his parish. Great stuff! This fellow has his head screwed on in the right direction and many priests could learn something from him.
Also, I have audio of an on air interview from 13 June with Al Kresta of Ave Maria Radio. We talk about liturgical translation and what Pope Benedict is up to.
I also describe the origins of this blog, in case you ever wondered why I started this.
Then there is another on air piece with syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt, about what is going on between the Holy See and the SSPX. He had me on for two segment, which I splice together.
Then we dig into the famous Five Conditions offered to Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior of the SSPX, looking at them through the lenses of his sermon in Paris on 1 June, which we hear a bit of, and then his 20 June sermon in Winona, MN, wherein he talks about Rome’s "ultimatum".
I add my own analysis along the way. For example, we have to clarify some things about what Summorum Pontificum really does and also drill into what Pope Benedict is really interested in. Does he want to suppress objections to the Novus Ordo or the teaching of the Council? What is he after? I think that perhaps Bp. Fellay is not characterzing the situation correctly when he speaks about it.
Conditions resulting from the 4 june 2008 meeting between Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos and Bishop Bernard Fellay:
1. A commitment to a proportioned response to the generosity of the Pope.
2. A commitment to avoid any public speech which does not respect the person of the Holy Father and which can be negative for ecclesial charity.
3. A commitment to avoid the pretense of a Magisterium superior to the Holy Father and to not put forward the Fraternity [SSPX] in opposition to the Church.
4. A commitment to demonstrate the will to behave honestly in full ecclesial charity and in respect to the authority of the Vicar of Christ.
5. A commitment to respect the date – fixed at the end of the month of June – to respond positively. This will be a required and necessary condition for the immediate preparation for adhesion to have full communion.
Isn’t this basically a papal "offer you can’t refuse"?