I had placed this entry under password protection after urgent pleas from someone in the FFIs.
Enough of the news is out and around now so I am putting back into public view.
The goal of the group of Friars who are presenting the petition is to have the Extraordinary Form as their preferred mode of celebrating and administering the sacraments without closing the door on the Ordinary Form. In other words they want to use both forms of Roman Rite. However, in parishes it will probably wind up that most of their Masses are in the Novus Ordo, simply because of the circumstances of those parishes. Because their liturgical life and many of the other aspects of their religious life are strongly “pre-Conciliar”, they will be guided by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“, which dicastery has competence.
I am sure that you will join me in praying for swift and positive reception of their petition.
ORIGINAL POST Published on: Oct 23, 2013
Since I am in Rome as I write, I was earnestly asked, implored, to post a prayer request.
I was informed that some 200 members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have petitioned the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” this week to establish a separate institute which would use the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Good idea or not, I suspected that something like this was bound to happen. The divide seemed pretty deep and the conviction of those who desire the older forms is a powerful motivation.
A lot of prayers are needed if such a thing is to take place, and a lot of elbow grease. This is a new era. I suspect that there will be resistance in the Congregation for Religious. No band of traditional-leaning worker bees, they. Who knows how Pope Francis will take this, given that he had some involvement in the imposition of an overseer for the Friars while they were having their internal fights. If a very large percentage want to have their own branch of the Friars, wouldn’t that be persuasive that there was a misstep?
This is also what results when communities can’t resolve their internal problems: fracture, which is sad but sometimes good in the long run.
So, stop and say a prayer or two. Perhaps the St. Michael Prayer and the Memorare.
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