Instruction on Summorum Pontificum coming. So… name that document.

My spies inform me that the “Instruction” for Summorum Pontificum has arrived in the offices of nuntiatures and that it should be published in less than two weeks.

We shall see.  I have a WDTPRS POLL HERE about when and if.

Skeptical?  Optimistic?  Go vote!  Start the countdown.

It should be pretty good.  It should clarify some issues in a helpful way and provide… fraternal correction for some bishops.

We’ve played this game before, but… what might this new document be called?

It probably won’t be called any of the following:

  • Nostra in non paucos ira…
  • Sero vos amavimus…
  • Haudquaquam dubitandum est…
  • De hebetudinis natura …

or, my choice….

  • Pudeat vos vestri…

Any other ideas?

Please share!

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50 Responses to Instruction on Summorum Pontificum coming. So… name that document.

  1. Marius2k4 says:

    Haha… I love “pudea[n]t vos vestri”! [It is constructed with a singular verb even though is refers to more than one person.]

    How about: “Inquisitionem novam”? That just gives me chills… Like, “the cavalry is on its way” kind of chills.

    Or: “Quadraginta in heremo annos”
    Or: “De traditione fideque restaurandis”
    Or: “Fratribus in Episcopatu Eventilandis”

  2. RichardT says:

    Dixi vobis, bis …

  3. Gregory DiPippo says:

    Quos comedit locusta

    …annos nobis redditurum se dixisse Dominum propheta Joel testatus est, verba quae impleta novimus his ipsis temporibus nostris, cum per litteras nostras motu proprio datas sub titulo “Summorum Pontificum” usum liturgiae antiquae Ecclesiae Romanae libertati propriae suae restituimus.

  4. TNCath says:

    Faciamus unum perspicuum!

  5. Ezra says:

    Quousque tandem abutere…
    Accedam in iudicio…

  6. Bryan Boyle says:

    Quid non intellegis primum?

  7. amenamen says:

    Bene dicta

  8. amenamen says:

    Ut fierent rubricas

  9. Arma papamque cano….

  10. Dennis Martin says:

    Brian Boyle, you had me ROFL.

  11. These are the days I wish I knew Latin…

    Until then, from the Vulgate: “Et ne prohibueritis eos”.

  12. Mundabor says:

    ad non audientes episcopos adiuvandum

  13. FrCharles says:

    Domine, iam fetet quadriennium est. Dicit ei Benedictus, nonne dixi tibi quoniam se credideris videbis gloriam Dei?

  14. De gente non sancta.

  15. Marius2k4 says:

    (Quidem dicendum est Gregorie ‘Pipponis’ tuum adhuc imprimis esse responsum; quam speciosissima latinitas! Confiteri meam haud etiam prope tuam doleor. Ubinam ediscebas? Rariter occasiones invenio in quibus latinitatem meam exercere possim, praesertim verbis loquendo scribendove propriis.)

  16. UncleBlobb says:

    De profundis clamo…


    Pro illos in Rius Lindus…

  17. ghp95134 says:

    From Google Translate:

    Omnibus episcopis et sacerdotes adtendas doctrinae ius!

    It probably does not translate well? “All bishops and priests shall heed this instruction as law!”

  18. papaefidelis says:

    Sanctissimam iamdudum deformem (I should like to have used the past participle of another verb “defu**ere”, but I shall refrain for the sake of gentler readers).

  19. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Implete gaudium meum

  20. spock says:

    Redshirticum Populum



  21. Andrew says:

    Aegre reprehendas, quod sinis consuescere.

  22. Tom in NY says:

    Quarto anno….(?)

    Salutationes omnibus.

  23. Tim Ferguson says:

    Regnans in excelsis.
    Sedete et tacete.
    Me audire potestis nunc? [Ridens forte versor!]

  24. SPWang says:

    Tu defecerant Episcopi fratris…

  25. Noli esse exasperans.

    Increduli et subversores sunt tecum.

    Cum scorpionibus habitas.

    Oculos sicut flammam ignis.

    Dedi eis tempus ut poenitentiam ageret.

    Qui habet aures, audiat.

  26. I guess the titles would really be the short versions of those quotes, like “Increduli et subversores”, “Dedi eis tempus”, and “Qui habet aures”. :)

  27. wchoag says:

    “Liturgiam antiquam venerabilem”

  28. Denis says:

    Malleus Maleficarum!

  29. basilorat says:

    Tiara Nostra……

    (But for my money, I would prefer Denis’ suggestion!)

  30. kallman says:

    Extremus contumaciae

  31. PostCatholic says:

    Raptus Regaliter
    De Duobus
    (malis minus est semper eligendum)
    Vive Com Eo
    Aspice, Officio Fungeris Sine Se Honoris Amplioris
    (to be known as Officio Fungeris)
    Bovina Sancta (though perhaps a better title for a pastoral letter to the Syro-Malabar…)

    Okay don’t be too heavily insulted, I only mean this in good fun. I think a papal proclamation called Raptus Regaliter would make for good reading.

  32. PostCatholic says:

    Ex Cearulo. Don’t they mostly concern that?

  33. Prof. Basto says:

    My guess is that the Instruction’s prolegomena will contain some reflection on the dignity of the liturgy and of the Eucharistic celebration in particular. So my guess is that the document will open with the words:

    Altaris sacrificium…

  34. Mariana says:

    Ultimus monitus

  35. Gregory DiPippo says:

    Mari 2k4,

    Gratias tibi ago, optime! Praecipuam accepi benedictionem ut jam a duodecimo aetatis meae anno linguae latinae studere potui sub optimis et excelsis magistris, inter quos ultimus tempore (sed non merito) erat Reginaldus Foster, apud quem etiam amicus noster, electronici hujus fori moderator et scriba, operam eidem dedit!

  36. AnAmericanMother says:


    . . . PatientIa nostra?

    You beat me to it. And here endeth my Latin.

  37. Luka says:

    Exurge Domine?


  38. Phil_NL says:

    Reprimendam inobedientiae

    And if it doesn’t make this instruction, it would be a good title for the next – regardless of topic.

  39. “Propter miseriam inopum”

    “Sunt duo vel tres congregati”, since people still don’t know the size of a group.

  40. Legisperitus says:

    Non obstante stultitia

  41. robtbrown says:

    Circumdederunt me funes mortis liturgicalis.

  42. Henry Edwards says:

    Usus antiquor ubivis et ubique praesens

  43. Centristian says:

    “Que Sera Sera”

  44. SimonDodd says:

    “Mirabile dictu”

  45. SimonDodd says:

    Or, perhaps, “In Aprilem exspectavi” ;)

  46. Joan A. says:

    “Ignore at your peril.”

    (any language)

  47. Tim Ferguson says:

    How about “Universae Ecclesiae”

  48. MichaelJ says:

    “Non apprehende ventum”

  49. JamesA says:

    This may be redundant, but…

    Contumaciam stultorum ?

  50. ungomygo says:

    How about calling it Sic forte credidisti iocari