From a reader:
I have a question regarding this document in reference to Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
In Conferentiarum Episcopalium, which was issued by the sacred Congregation of Divine Worship on October 28th, 1974, the use of the
1962 edition of the Roman Missal was “offically” abrogated — is almost all cases.
My question is this: What are your thoughts on this document? Is this part of the “smoke of satan” what Pope John XXIII spoke about at the beginning of V2? I have read rumors about how there were some problems with implimentation after V2 that Pope Paul VI tryed to correct and do away with. Is this one of them?
First, conferences of bishops don’t have the authority to abrogate a liturgical book or use of the whole Church. Also, in the final analysis they are not competent to state whether or not something is abrogated. Furthermore, Pope Benedict XVI specifically stated that it had not been abrogated. That is what we go with.
Also, it was Paul VI, not John XXIII, who said that the smoke of Satan had entered the Church. Paul said this on 29 June 1972 in a sermon for the 9th anniversary of his Coronation he said that, “through some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God”.
Pope Paul could have been referring to any number of factors. Point in any direction and you will find one. It has ever been so in the Church, since the Church is made up of sinners who betray the Lord in their sins.
“We believe in something that is preternatural that has come into the world precisely to disturb, to suffocate the fruits of the Ecumenical Council, and to impede the Church from breaking into the hymn of joy at having renewed in fullness its awareness of itself. Precisely for this reason, we should wish to be able, in this moment more than ever, to exercise the function God assigned to Peter, to strengthen the Faith of the brothers. We should wish to communicate to you this charism of certitude that the Lord gives to him who represents him though unworthily on this earth.”