An unhappy story of a Diocese in Italy where, apparently, local authorities believe they have the right to override the Pope’s legislation for the whole Latin Church.
The intrepid Italian Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli reports that in a small town named Vetrego in the Diocese of Treviso, don Pietro Mozzato, the parish priest, is celebrating his 60th jubilee of ordination. For 1 May the parish was to have Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. This is in keeping with Summorum Pontificum. The celebrant was to be a priest visiting from the Fraternity of St. Peter who would come in from Venice.
The priest – let’s call him “don Ficcanaso” – of the next town over, Spinea – perhaps aptly named, I don’t know, griped to the Vicar General, and then the bishop let the old jubilarian know that such a Mass in his honor wasn’t to be celebrated.
I imagine they then played a game of “keep away” with the old priest’s cane.
But wait! There’s more!
Apparently the Diocesean Curia of Treviso has squashed the rights of the people before when it comes to the older form of the Roman Rite, in a town named Mirano.
WDTPRS is certain that the Diocese of Treviso has plenty of time to eliminate the legitimate use of the Pope Benedict’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum because they have already radicated all liturgical abuses in the diocese and have thoroughly review all parish catechetical programs for doctrinal fidelity.