I am not sure where these things get started but I am getting a lot of email about a couple things that have some … some… traditional Catholics all abuzz.
First, I am still … still, I say… get email about the dastardly plot to force a “hybrid” Missal on traditional Catholics some time in 2013.
I respond saying, “HA! It is to laugh.”
The work needed for the calendar alone, even for the sanctoral cycle alone, will take years and it will be hard fought. 2013?!? pffffft!
Frankly, I can see, easily see, the introduction of some of the newer saints of more universal appeal as options in the calendar of the older Roman form. It strikes me as reasonable that some saints of less universal appeal could share some space with more recent saints inscribed in Holy Church’s album. For example, would it not be acceptable to have a proper available for, say, St. Pio? St. Maximilian Kolbe? The Spanish or Chinese Martyrs?
In any event… hybrid in 2013…. pffft!
Second, some people are asking me if the Holy Father Himself will be celebrating the Mass on the older form of the Roman Rite in November when all the people (myself, hopefully, included) make a pilgrimage to Rome.
It is a nice thought but, no, that’s not going to happen. If the Pope shows up in the Vatican Basilica to say the Pontifical Mass himself, I’ll buy everyone there a whiskey sour, starting with Benedict himself. The most the gathering could hope for is a letter from His Holiness and his Apostolic Blessing. And that would be spiffy!
On this note, it would be nice even if His Holiness of Our Lord would simply be present for a Mass coram Pontifice. Why couldn’t he just dispense with all the falderal of the no-longer-existent papal court and just say Mass as a bishop would? Yes, it would be nice to have all the other trappings. But let is not make the perfect into the enemy of the good.