The text of the Instruction is under an embargo until Friday 1200 noon Rome Time (1000 GMT, 0600 EDT). I must respect that as far as the blog is concerned.
I will put something together about it and post it here at that time. I have also read the Latin version.
Again, to use my sports analogy from the divinely-favored game of baseball, this document is not at the level of a perfect game, but it is a no-hitter. For analogies with cricket, results vary. Perhaps the follow-on? The point is that, while a no-hitter is really good and fairly uncommon, a team whose pitcher has a no-hitter can still lose. It’s ultra-rare, but it has happened.
To use another analogy, in the television advertisements of pharmaceutical companies, when they desire to show you the effect of some cure using animation, they always leave a tiny representation of the problem remaining. They don’t claim that that the cure is 100%.
Universae Ecclesiae won’t smooth all the obstacles thrown before those who desire the older, traditional forms (and all that goes with them). It will, however, smooth many of the obstacles.
When it comes to the Holy See’s juridical documents, everything depends on the willingness of the Holy See actually to implement them. The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” can waste this no-hitter if they simply sit on their hands and dither. But it was ever so. Nihil novi.
Be, therefore, of good cheer. Many of the traditional mind will be happy with this while all of the liberal bent will be irritated.
While I suspect that there was no conscious effort to associate this document with the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, it nevertheless is being issued on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It strikes me that when it comes to Our Mother and all that had to do with Fatima, Divine Providence seems to have a heavier hand.
Also, some have observed to me that Friday the 13th is surely nefas and a bad day for this document. Sorry, folks. In Rome it’s Friday the 17th which is considered back luck. That black cat don’t hunt.
Furthermore, there is a misconception which needs some correction. Universae Ecclesiae is not a papal document. It is a document from the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“. It was approved by the Pope and its publication was ordered by him. It isn’t the Pope’s own document, but its già molto as the Romans say: it’s already a lot. It is Pope Benedict’s indirectly, of course. And it is juridical.
Within it we see more clearly the mens of the lawgiver, Pope Benedict.
That’s a lot, too.