A question from a priest:
I have been moved to [a] parish where I have every third week without a daily mass. I would like to say a low mass on these days, but I’m sure I will get resistance from my pastor, who is a hippie from the ‘70’s. The Motu Proprio specifies that I need not get permission from the Holy See or the Ordinary. Does this mean also my local pastoral boss?
Thanks for any help you can give me,
Reverend and Dear Father: this is what Summorum Pontificum says… rather… what Pope Benedict, the Vicar of Christ, the Roman Pontiff, the Legislator says in Summorum Pontificum.
Art. 2. In Masses celebrated without the people, any priest whosoever of the Latin Rite, whether secular of religious, can use either the Missale Romanum issued in 1962 by Bl. John XXIII, or the Missale Romanum promulgated in 1970 by the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, and indeed on any day whatsoever except during the Sacred Triduum. For such a celebration according to one or the other Missal, a priest does not need permission, neither from the Apostolic See nor from his Ordinary.
I think it is pretty clear that if the Pope says priests don’t need permission from the Apostolic See or the local bishop… then he doesn’t need permission from the local pastor.
Of course there are practical issues to be considered.
Will the pastor of the parish or the local bishop crucify you for doing what is your right?
You could have a Pyrrhic victory over this… be aware. At least in the short term.
If you are willing to take the heat for what you want to do, you have the right to do it.
Also, remember that according to Summorum Pontificum pastors cannot not respond to requests made from groups of people in the parish.
YOU, Father, are in the parish also…. if you get my drift. You could be a part of a "stable group".