My experience of Italian bishops did not prepare me for the surprise of reading something over at NLM. They have a translation of a letter of an Italian bishop to the priests of that diocese pretty much upbraiding them for not implementing, or being at least respectful about, Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum.
Bishop Mario Oliveri of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia!
Here is a sample:
Dear Priests and Deacons,
It is with much bitterness of spirit that I have found that many of you have not taken up or made a right attitude of mind and heart toward the possibility given to the faithful by the motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum” of Pope Benedict XVI, of the celebration of Holy Mass “in the extraordinary form” according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII, promulgated in 1962.
In the “Three days of the Clergy” of September 2007, I indicated with strength and clarity what is the value and the true meaning of the Motu Proprio, how we should interpret it and how we should accept it, with a mind that is open to the magisterial content of the document and with a ready willingness of a convinced obedience. The position taken by the Bishop was not missing its calm authority, strengthened by his full concordance with a solemn act of the Supreme Pontiff. The position of the Bishop was founded by reason of his theological argument on the nature of the Divine Liturgy, the immutability of the substance in its supernatural contents, and was also based on surveys of the practical, concrete, good sense of the Church.
The adverse reactions to the motu proprio and the theological and practical guidance of the bishop are almost always dictated by emotional and superficial theological reasoning, i.e. a rather poor and shortsighted “theological” vision, that is not part of and which does not reach the true nature of the things which concern the Faith and the work the Church’s sacramental life, that is not fed by the perennial Tradition of the Church, which looks at rather marginal aspects or at least incomplete issues.
You can read the rest there.
WDTPRS Kudos to Bp. Oliveri.