“Send forth the experts!”

Over at Rorate there is a story about the SSPXer Bp. B. Fellay who in Lausanne (Switz.) made comments about the Motu Proprio.  SSPXer Fellay claims that the Holy Father is sending… well… here is the piece.   

He [the Pope] has decided to prepare its publication by sending "experts" to the "hot" nations, to the nations in which there could be difficulties. How much time will it be necessary to prepare the ground? I do not know anything! It is mentioned now [that it may be published] towards the end of the year.

Now, does that mean that is necessary to wait for the end of the year, that it will [be published] sooner… I truly do not know. … I bring you rumors, noises which come from Rome. 
(audio file)

While I am not sure just how that would work, this scenario is not outside the sphere of possibility for Pope Benedict.  It sounds like him: persuade on the basis of reasoned arguments on the part of the well-informed. 

He would be right to do it that way too. 

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  1. Paul Haley says:

    I posted these on another blog (universalindult.org) but am posting them here fro anyone who is of a similar state of mind:

    5/5/07. Anger, frustration, disappointment, even resentment being felt by anyone out there? Remember that our trust is in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and not in any man or men no matter their rank in the church. God will feed His sheep and rescue His lambs in His own time and at His own pleasure. Offer up these feelings with the added statement: not my will but Thine be done, O Lord. God bless and comfort you my dear colleagues.

    5/6/07 With all due respect to those involved the 64 billion dollar question is why is the action of sending emissaries to these countries even necessary? I think all of our posters know why and that is truly the most unfortunate of answers. The Pope has all the authority he needs but is unwilling, it appears, to exercise it without “greasing the skids” with the bishops first. Most unfortunate, indeed! Yet, think about it for a minute. If he were to issue a document that bishops felt free to disregard, how would that help the existing situation? It would be like adding fuel to the fire IMHO. Let us pray that he is successful in his efforts.

  2. Gordo says:

    Father Z,

    I agree with your points here. Our Holy Father wants to ensure that those who have labored for this for so long will not have labored in vain. As the Vicar of Peter, he needs to strengthen his brother bishops who may falter under the weight of what may come from many sectors after the MP is promulgated. I believe he is also, in a way, catechizing them as well!

    As an Eastern Catholic looking in, I do see this as an exciting moment for the Latin Church. For too long the senses of many of the Latin faithful have not been trained properly for heaven! The restoration that is occuring is more than just a restoration of rite. It is a restoration of the pleroma of Catholic worship. How fitting it would be to have this issued, though, in the season of the Resurrection after so long a fast!

    In ICXC,

    Gordo the Byzantine

    The Paschal Homily of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom

    Christos Anesti!

    If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast!
    If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.
    If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.
    If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward.
    If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast.
    If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall in no way thereby be deprived.
    If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing.
    And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.

    For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour, will accept the last even as the first.
    He gives rest to him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as to him who has wrought from the first hour.
    And He shows mercy upon the last, And cares for the first;
    And to the one He gives, and upon the other He bestows gifts.
    And He both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, both honors the acts and praises the offering.

    Therefore: enter all of you into the joy of your Lord; receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the last.
    You rich and poor together, hold high festival!
    You sober and you heedless, honor the day!
    Rejoice today, both you who have fasted, and you who have disregarded the fast.
    The table is full-laden; let all feast sumptuously.
    The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
    Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.
    Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed.
    Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
    Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
    He that was held prisoner of death has annihilated it.
    By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.
    He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh.
    And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered
    When it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

    It was embittered, for it was abolished.
    It was embittered, for it was mocked.
    It was embittered, for it was slain.
    It was embittered, for it was overthrown.
    It was embittered, for it was bound in chains.
    It took a body, and met God face to face.
    It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
    It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

    O Death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory?
    Christ is risen, and thou, O Death, art overthrown!
    Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
    Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
    Christ is risen, and life reigns!
    Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
    For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

    To Him be glory and dominion throughout all ages. Amen!

  3. Gordo: As the Vicar of Peter, …

    Oooppps… Vicar of Christ. “Vicar of Peter” would be a very different concept, not in keeping with Catholic teaching.

  4. Victor says:

    And yet, “Vicar of Peter” is the older, original title of the popes. Also, I am not sure whether “Vicar of Peter” is not catholic. It seems to me that it is!

  5. “Vicar of Peter” might have been used sometime in history, but it is certainly not preferred and it is, actually, problematic. The better way of seeing this, that opens up to no error about the Petrine Ministry, is “successor of Peter” but “Vicar of Christ”.

  6. John Polhamus says:

    I say let the problems come. In the past forty years we have pursuaded the Protestants outside of The Church of exactly nothing. The last thing we should be worrying about, even as the Church goes bankrupt from sex-abuse, is trying to pursuade those who want to have their way INSIDE the Church. They’ve had ample time to make up their own minds. Catholicism is not their hostage, bishop, priest or layman. Hard words, but sometimes that’s the way it shakes out. It’s nice when faith and reason go together, but the fact is that it is the reason that is subject to the faith, not the other way around. I say to the Holy Father, steel yourself and get on with it.

  7. Rob says:

    As much as I hate that the MP may have another delay, I know that all will work out for the best. Plus, I
    just got a mental picture of some of the bishops in the problem diocese celebrating Mass with a Papal
    appointed “liturgical advisor” watching over them to make sure they get it right. “Bishop ___, I spoke to
    the Holy Father today, and he is very displeased by the way that you decided to take liberties with the
    Eucharistic Prayer. He suggests that you read only what is printed on the page from now on…”

  8. Gordo says:

    Christ is Risen!

    “Vicar of Peter” is an ancient title for the Pope of Rome as is “Vicar of Christ”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicar_of_Christ

    The title “Vicar of Peter” does not cast into doubt the primacy and supremacy of the Bishop of Rome vis-a-vis his brother bishops. My intent was just to highlight his ministry to “strengthen the bretheren” as Christ commissioned Peter to do. He stands as one who holds the keys in the midst of his brother apostles, and his authority is to strengthen the bonds of unity in the Church and to “till and keep” the Garden of the Church as its chief steward. To me this defines precisely the nature of his diakonia as the “servant of the servants of God”, a title very near and dear to our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II of blessed memory. This is proper to his role as head and occasional spokesperson for the college of bishops throughout the world.

    All Bishops are, in a sense, “vicars of Christ” since they are successors to the apostles and He commissioned them all to make disciples of all nations. In fact, one could say that all the baptized faithful act as “vicars of Christ”, since we are called to bring Him to the world. The Bishop of Rome as Successor of St. Peter holds this title in a unique way, and the use of other titles do not change or diminsh this fact – rather they clarify it.

    In ICXC,

    Gordo the Byzantine

  9. Gordo: The title “Vicar of Peter” does not cast into doubt the primacy and supremacy of the Bishop of Rome vis-a-vis his brother bishops.

    I think it does. It having been a title, doesn’t make it a good title.

  10. Some of the comments in this entry have become increasing disrespectful and nasty, especially about the Pope and Bishops. I have removed them. Therefore I am closing down the comments option.

    What a shame.

    This closure is NOT on account of the little debate about whether or not it is proper to speak of the Pope as “Vicar of Peter” or as “Vicar of Christ” … although the former is clearly not a good idea! o{];¬)

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