I am in Rome to attend the conference on Summorum Pontificum under the aegis of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei and the group Giovani e Tradizione. The attendance is good and the talks, so far are good.
I am taking some photos and making some recordings, but I think our friend John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus will have better photos than I.
We had a surprise visit from Card. Castrillon Hoyos, who spoke for a while. Frankly, he said a few rather controversial things, some of which I found unsettling, some of which I agreed with. He spoke to the problem of some traditionalists being impossible to satisfy.
Is that not the case? Honestly?
My old boss Msgr. Perl gave a very good talk this morning, and I will get to that later. This afternoon Roberto DeMattei was stupendous. A very smart talk.
I can share something about that last talk.
De Mattei said that newer Mass grew out of a ethos which culminated in the 60′s, with the baggage that you can guess at: secularism.
Next, an interpretive key of the Motu Proprio is that the older Mass was not abrogated and cannot be abrogated. (About that last point I am not so sure, and I would like to know more about that.)
He also added that the older Mass is not really subject to structural change. This does not mean that the older form of Mass cannot ever change, but that structurally it is consistent with the earliest centuries even though some modifications took place along the way.
Because the older form of Mass is what it is and comes from when it comes, since it wasn’t abrogated and won’t be, it is a "barrier" to the encroaching secularism which is shoving God to the realm of the private. But I picked up that the TLM is not only a "barrier" but a "challenge". Note the distinction: "barrier" is one thing, but "challenge" is another. One is more reactive, the other proactive. One is passive, the other active.
I think this might have been the most important insight of the day.
However, we must also pay attention to the vey important point that we are only one year out, with this Motu Proprio. We need patience and prudence.
I will have other reports along the way.
In the mean time, I was out for lunch with a long-time friend and we had a very good lunch. Tonight I am out for a plenary session of the Society for the Promotion of Chinese Restaurants in Rome. We don’t, btw, always eat Chinese, because when we do we usually need to call a day or so in advance for the dishes we prefer. But I digress.
It was a good beginning for the conference.
I continue to be in internet hell and I will post when I can.