A reader sent a link to a story about the upcoming Instruction on Summorum Pontificum. Actually, he sent two links, one to a French site Golias, not exactly conservative that, and to the Italian site Messa in Latino, which from its name you can guess is more conservative.
The bottom line is this. The claim was made that after the Instruction was drafted by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“, the President of the same who is also Cardinal Prefect of the CDF, Card. Levada, perhaps with the aid of Card. Canizares of the CDW, made it far more restrictive.
The Instruction went to the Pope for his approval.
In the meantime, various people intervened.
The Pope has, if the claims are correct, caused the previous, favorable draft, to be adopted. It will favor, rather than restrict, the provisions of Summorum Pontificum.
Though this is all at the level of rumor, it is nonetheless plausible.
Not long ago I had a chat with a well-known German author much in favor of the older form of Mass. I shared what I had heard about the Instruction with him and he told me what he knew. I suggested that he write a personal note to the Holy Father with a single request: only to read carefully whatever Instruction they brought for his approval. This he said he would do. The goal was simple. Of course the Holy Father was going to read something concerning Summorum Pontificum. But the Pope has a lot to do. The suggestion, coming from that source, that he should read it carefully – without additional editorializing – was designed to raise a tiny alarm bell in his mind as soon as he saw it on his desk.
I am sure that many others were able to express their concerns to His Holiness.
If nothing else, all these influences perhaps served to prevent something from being rammed through while the Pope concerns himself with many heavy cares.
I recommend that, if you are concerned about this upcoming Instruction, you remind dedicated in prayer for strength for the Holy Father and confusion for his enemies.