UPDATE 21 May:
Rev. Mr. Ditewig has changed his original post around a bit and has apologized.
The usually sensible Rev. Mr. Kandra and the, well, I suppose less than always sensible (he seems to support women’s ordination and he has some odd colleagues) Rev. Mr. Ditewig are confused today.
They disseminated something about me that isn’t true.
This isn’t a huge deal, but it bears some explanation because I really like the topic.
From Deacon Kandra’s blog: [UPDATE: I think Rev. Mr. Kandra has removed his blog post.]
Deacon Bill Ditewig address a common misconception:
It is the tendency of some commentators, such as Father John Zuhlsdorf (“Father Z”), to refer to the 1962 editio typica of the Missale Romanum as “The Mass of St. John XXIII”. [NO. This is false. I don’t do that. I never have and I never will.] I’m not sure why such an error is being made, and I don’t want to ascribe any motivation to something which may be nothing more than a simple error of fact.
Deacon Ditewig… who will get more traffic today than ever… even has a “PLEA” to me to STOP referring to the “Mass of St. John XXIII”.
No. I can’t do that. I can’t stop doing that BECAUSE I NEVER STARTED.
In fact, I do NOT refer to the “Mass of St. John XXIII” when writing or speaking about the Extraordinary Form. I never have and I never will.
HERE is one post, as an example, wherein I refer to the BOOK as the Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII.
I sometimes, and with great relish, now refer to the 1962 Missale Romanum as the “Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII”.
Just as I would never refer to the Extraordinary Form, or Usus Antiquior (aka all-sorts-of-things), as simply “the Latin Mass”, because the Novus Ordo ought to be celebrated in Latin and is, therefore, also “the Latin Mass”, I would never be so sloppy and inaccurate as to refer to the “Mass of St. John XXIII”, unless it were applied to a Mass celebrated by St. John XXIII.
The deacons might want to clean their reading glasses.
I am sure that Deacon Kandra, who may not be terribly familiar with or interested all this old Mass business, may have just taken what Deacon Ditewig wrote at face value and without doubling checking. I don’t think he would purposely misinform people.
Deacon Ditewig, whom we have seen before, could have other motives for misinforming people about what I write and then tisking and clucking and attempting to correct me (who has already forgotten as much about these matters has most clerics will ever know).
In any event, you can watch for their own corrections of the corrections they tried to make in (wrongly) correcting me. I don’t need an apology.
So, everyone, feel free to use as much as possible the nickname:
Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII!
Could it be that liberals doesn’t like the idea of St. John XXIII being associated with the Extraordinary Form? Could it be that liberals think they own St. John XXIII?
And, as frosting, here is a shot of the title page of my typical edition of the Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII. You can tell it is the Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII because St. John XXIII’s coat-of-arms is right there on the page… beneath where is says Missale Romanum.
Finally, did I mention that St. John XXIII’s edition of the Missale Romanum is what we use for the Extraordinary Form thanks to The Pope of Christian Unity, Benedict XVI?
What did Summorum Pontificum say in 2007 (with my emphases)?
Art. 1. Missale Romanum a Paulo VI promulgatum ordinaria expressio “Legis orandi” Ecclesiae catholicae ritus latini est. Missale autem Romanum a S. Pio V promulgatum et a B. Ioanne XXIII denuo editum habeatur uti extraordinaria expressio eiusdem “Legis orandi” Ecclesiae et ob venerabilem et antiquum eius usum debito gaudeat honore. Hae duae expressiones “legis orandi” Ecclesiae, minime vero inducent in divisionem “legis credendi” Ecclesiae; sunt enim duo usus unici ritus romani.
Proinde Missae Sacrificium, iuxta editionem typicam Missalis Romani a B. Ioanne XXIII [according to the typical edition of the Roman Missal (promulgated) by Blessed John XXIII … of course he was only “Blessed” then.] anno 1962 promulgatam et numquam abrogatam, uti formam extraordinariam Liturgiae Ecclesiae, celebrare licet. Conditiones vero a documentis antecedentibus “Quattuor abhinc annos” et “Ecclesia Dei” pro usu huius Missalis statutae, substituuntur ut sequitur:
He was only “Blessed” John XXIII in 2007. Now that he is “Saint”, we should refer to the Roman Missal of St. John XXIII.
In the meantime, here is a photo of St. John XXIII who, having said Mass that very day, is probably reading something about his very own edition of the Missale Romanum.