Rorate has something which I heard about a couple days ago, but which I couldn’t confirm concretely.
Let there be sung Non nobis and Te Deum.
Here is the site of the Transalpine Redemptorists:
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
1 July, 2008
Feast of the Precious Blood
My dear friends,
I am happy to inform you that last June 18th, before Cardinal Castrillon and the members of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome, I humbly petitioned the Holy See on my own behalf and on behalf of the monastery council for our priestly suspensions to be lifted.
On June 26th I received word that the Holy See had granted our petition. All canonical censures have been lifted. [They waited until after the SSPX’s deadline at the end of June to announce this.]
Our community now truly rejoices in undisputed and peaceful possession of Communion with the Holy See because our priests are now in canonical good standing. [Praise God!]
We are very grateful to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for issuing, last July, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum [It is bearing fruit.] which called us to come into undisputed and peaceful Communion with him.
Now we have that undisputed communion! It is a pearl of great price; a treasure hidden in the field; a sweetness that cannot be imagined by those who have not tasted it or who have not known it, now for many years. Its value cannot be fully expressed in earthly language and therefore we hope that all traditional priests who have not yet done so, will answer Pope Benedict’s call to enjoy the grace of peaceful and undisputed communion with him. Believe us, the price to pay is nothing; even all the angry voices that have shouted against us and calumniated us are as nothing when weighed in the scales against undisputed communion with the Vicar of Christ; others have died for it; what are raucous voices?
We publicly thank all those souls who have prayed for us over the last months; some of you have truly stormed heaven for us. You have kept us afloat. We are deeply grateful. [You are welcome!] Especially we thank that priest who was unknown to us, until June 16th when he wrote in fraternal support. Where did he come from? Why us? But he told us of the number of Masses, Offices, prayers and sacrifices he had personally said for us; he had also enlisted the prayers of contemplatives and Third Order societies and had a great number of people fervently praying for us with an abundance of prayers. We were amazed! Thank you Father! Thank you also to that brave person who, so kindly wrote to us to say that if he said any more prayers for us he would be floating! What wonderful people! Thank you! [See what prayer can do?]
Looking to the future, the next stage will be to have our community canonically erected. So please, dear friends, keep praying for us, there will be many crosses to bear; but they will be yokes sweetened by the grace of these last days.
We assure you all of our very best wishes.
Your devoted servant,
Fr. Michael Mary, C.SS.R.
I am very pleased and proud of those men, who made this good decision.
This definitely helps to place some gentle pressure on the SSPX as well.
As more and more people find they really don’t have good reasons to stay separated from the Bishop of Rome, that they can still have concerns and maintain an identity even in their submission to Peter, so too the SSPX will have to make an act of submission or run the risk of becoming less and less relevant for the cause of Tradition in unity with the Catholic Church.
PRAY! PRAY NOW!
Fr. Michael Mary used the biblical images from Christ’s parables of the pearl of great price, the treasure hidden in the field (cf. Matthew 13).
The Lord speaks of the value of being an heir of the Kingdom of heaven. Christ opened for us the kingdom of heaven: this is the essence of the Gospel which we embrace and, as a Church, we announce. We are made heirs to this kingdom, but we can lose the kingdom, too. To maintain our claim and membership, we must make sacrifices. Nothing is worth imperiling our membership our inheritance. All other things, as precious as they might seem, must be set aside.
If you are separated from the Church, knowing who and what the Church really is, you are in peril.
I also note that in Matthew 13 we have the wonderful words which in many ways describe Pope Benedict:
Summorum Pontificum is bearing fruit, friends. Brick by brick the rebuilding of the Benedictine Marshall Plan is taking shape.