The ever alert long-time reader HE alerted me to a piece for your Brick By Brick file in Our Sunday Visitor.
We are here concerned with the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae about the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and the real necessity of training seminarians in the use of both sides of the Roman Rite. See here for some of my analysis.
Universae Ecclesiae 21 says:
21 – Ordinaries are strenuously (enixe) asked that they offer to clerics (clericis) to be trained up (instituendis) opportunity for acquiring adequate ars celebrandi… art of celebrating… in the Extraordinary Form, which point is has force above all (potissimum) for Seminaries, in which provision will be made that the students of holy things are to be suitably (convenienter) trained, by learning the Latin language, and, as additional circumstances demand it (adiunctis id postulantibus), the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite itself.
My emphases and comments.
New Vatican instruction clarifies importance of traditional Latin Mass
Coming four years after pope opened door to wider use of traditional Latin Mass, answering questions
By Joseph O’Brien – OSV Newsweekly, 5/29/2011
Among those who have no doubts regarding the proper response to the pope’s instructions, Father James Wehner embraces with enthusiasm both the original 2007 apostolic letter and the new instruction. As rector of the only U.S. pontifical seminary, Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, Father Wehner takes “very seriously our character of being pontifical.”
“So when I see a document coming from Rome,” he said, “I want to take a generous interpretation of the document, not a minimalistic — that is, restrictive — interpretation.”
Father Wehner sees the instruction as a way for Catholics — especially young Catholics studying for the priesthood — to better understand the extraordinary form of the Mass. [May this priest and his tribe thrive.]
While the extraordinary form is already celebrated weekly at the Josephinum, Father Wehner said, in light of Universae Ecclesiae, the seminary will further develop the optional training in the extraordinary form the seminary provides. [Optional? GAH.]
“It’s not just the performance or functioning component of the form, but also the theological and spiritual dimension; the liturgical motivation for providing the people of God the opportunity to be exposed to this form of the Roman Missal,” he said. [Hmmm…. “liturgical motivation”. Well… okay. Why not “ecclesiological”? “Spiritual”? Better yet, “pastoral”?]
At the same time, noting the need for a pastoral balance, Father Wehner acknowledges that not all of the Josephinum seminarians, representing more than 30 dioceses, will require such training. [I can’t see how he can say that, unless the seminarian already know it. ALL seminarians in the Latin Church should know the Latin Rite in both forms. Otherwise, can we say they are well-trained?]
“Some bishops, for example, might not see a pastoral need in their diocese, so their concern is that seminarians are not being forced into learning certain things before they’re ordained,” [?!?] he said. “Rather, they see their spiritual training and theological training having a particular priority.” [Hmmm…. liturgy is doctinal and spiritual. I don’t accept the dichotomy. Besides, you have to force seminarians to do all sorts of things. “Forcing” them to learn their Rite, isn’t really an imposition on their precious time. Moreover, UE 21 says that bishops are asked enixe to see to this. Regarding seminaries we see potissimum.]
Among young Catholics in general, Father Wehner said, there’s a pervasive enthusiasm for the sense of mystery they discover in the extraordinary form, which the new instruction will help channel. [Which Summorum Pontificum already channeled, thank you very much. However, Fr. W is right about this. There is indeed a “pervasive enthusiasm for the sense of mystery”. Of course that moves the whole thing into the realm of spirituality and doctrine, doesn’t it.]
“American Catholics, especially our younger people, live in a secular culture that tries to use reason and science alone to explain everything,” he said.
“These young Catholics,” said Father Wehner, “are inspired today by a sense of mystery. That’s not to say the extraordinary form is offering something better than the other liturgical experiences, [Wanna bet? Go down the street to the local suburban parish and say that again!] but it seems to touch younger Catholics in a way that their sense and pursuit of mystery, of awe, of sacredness, is somehow captured in the extraordinary form that is responding to their needs.”
WDTPRS KUDOS to Fr. Wehner.
I suspect that in talking off the cuff, to a reporter, he was perhaps being overly cautious. However, you can tell that his eyes are clear and his head is screwed on in the correct direction. His willingness to stress the points about young people and mystery were dead on.