Damien, over at The Telegraph, has used Munch’s famous The Scream for his look at the reaction to the Holy Father celebrating ad orientem.

Do any of you WDTPRSer long-timers remember this from the time before Summorum Pontificum?

I believe I put this together after reading how the French bishops were freaking out at the very idea of the Motu Proprio. 

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  1. Dan J. Howell says:

    I would if that masterpeice would hang in the Met or the Louve, heck maybe even the Vatican Musuem … rofl.

  2. Londiniensis says:

    The newspaper article to which Damian Thompsom refers also contains the classic piece of misinformation, that “… Vatican II … ordered that local languages be used instead of Latin.” No prizes for guessing that the piece was written by a Tablet journalist.

  3. It wouldn’t surprise me if the French bishops were freaking out once again, this time over the Pope’s Mass in the Sistine Chapel.

    I would have thought they would still be freaking out over “Summorum Pontificum”.

    They freaked out when “Ecclesia Dei” established the Society of St. Peter in 1988.

    I think they never really got over the return to France of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, former Archbishop of Dakar and Apostolic Delegate to French-speaking Africa, when he was appointed to the diocese of Tulle, France, by John XIII in 1962.

  4. jack burton says:

    LOL! Good one. I would perhaps attempt to summarize my own reaction to this Mass with a couple of quotations.

    “At that hour of the Sacrifice, at the words of the Priest, the heavens are opened, and in that mystery of Jesus Christ, the choirs of Angels are present, and things below are joined to things on high, earthly things to heavenly, and the service is both a visible and an invisible event.” – Pope Saint Gregory the Great

    Cæli enarrant gloriam Dei, et opera manuum ejus annuntiat firmamentum.
    Dies diei eructat verbum, et nox nocti indicat scientiam.
    Non sunt loquelæ, neque sermones, quorum non audiantur voces eorum.
    In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum, et in fines orbis terræ verba eorum.
    In sole posuit tabernaculum suum; et ipse tamquam sponsus procedens de thalamo suo.
    Exsultavit ut gigas ad currendam viam; a summo cælo egressio ejus.
    Et occursus ejus usque ad summum ejus; nec est qui se abscondat a calore ejus.
    Lex Domini immaculata, convertens animas; testimonium Domini fidele, sapientiam præstans parvulis.
    Justitiæ Domini rectæ, lætificantes corda; præceptum Domini lucidum, illuminans oculos.
    Timor Domini sanctus, permanens in sæculum sæculi; judicia Domini vera, justificata in semetipsa, desiderabilia super aurum et lapidem pretiosum multum, et dulciora super mel et favum.
    Etenim servus tuus custodit ea; in custodiendis illis retributio multa.
    Delicta quis intelligit? ab occultis meis munda me; et ab alienis parce servo tuo.
    Si mei non fuerint dominati, tunc immaculatus ero, et emundabor a delicto maximo.
    Et erunt ut complaceant eloquia oris mei, et meditatio cordis mei in conspectu tuo semper.
    Domine, adjutor meus, et redemptor meus.

    Gloria Tibi Domine.

  5. pattif says:

    I’m not 100% sure the French bishops haven’t been freaking out ever since the papacy returned to Rome at the urging of St Catherine of Siena.

  6. Fr Renzo di Lorenzo says:

    Of course, there is at least one good French bishop. They almost killed him in the last bishops’ conference.

  7. totustuusmaria says:

    Yes, Father. I even put it on my blog back in the pre-motu days.

  8. Pattif is probably right about the French bishops freaking out when the Popes returned to Rome from Avignon.

    But I’m thinking they probably freaked out in the eighth century when the Roman Missal replaced the Gallican Missal.

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