In this PODCAzT we listen to the Instruction issued by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI.
At the beginning I have an introduction to give us some context. I read in Latin only title and the very first paragraph, to get a sound of the “incipit”, which gives the Instruction its title. I give you some points to listen for along the way. I then read the whole Instruction Universae Ecclesiae, with the references, but not reading the footnotes. I have a wrap up with addition observations about juridical force of the Instruction, and the date of its implementation.
There are mini-rants along the way.
I will have to correct a point in the PODCAzT.
As far as the juridical force of the Instruction is concerned: I had thought originally that, since there is no precise date indicated for it going it force (Summorum Pontificum explicitly stated 14 September) it had to be in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis and it would go into effect in 3 months, the usual vacatio, after promulgation. However, since this is an Instruction, it falls under the norms of canon 34. As such, this Instruction requires no promulgation, or vacatio legis – it binds immediately, from the moment of its notification, according to the norms of canons 54-56, and specifically, canon 54, 2: “for a singular decree to be enforceable, it must be made known by a lawful document in accordance with the law” – this Instruction has already been sent, in written form, to the Bishops of the Latin Church, this it is in force NOW.