From Eponymous Flower:
SSPX Clergy Invited to Help in Ravenna Archdiocese by Archbishop
(Rome) As auxiliary bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla (2006-2012) Msgr. Lorenzo Ghizzoni was a bitter opponent of those faithful who sought to celebrate the Holy Mass in the Immemorial Rite of All Ages. It was an opposition which undermined the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
As Archbishop of Ravenna-Cervia, Msgr. Ghizzoni is allowing, on the first and second Sundays in October, a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX) to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The celebration will take place in the parish of Saint Maria del Torrione and follows from the formation of a stable group of the faithful desiring the Traditional Rite, who’ve asked the Archbishop for it.
The celebrant was Father Enrico Doria of the priory of “Madonna di Loreto” in Rimini.
The online edition of the paper „Prima Pagina Reggio“ described it: “It seems that Pope Francis’ recognition of the legitimacy of the sacrament of reconciliation given by lefebvrian priests has also quickly led to a new course in the Italian Episcopate. This, what was unthinkable yesterday, (the opening of parish property to Lefevrians, who had previously been regarded as lepers), are today not only tolerated but welcome. Those of the faithful community close to Econe will celebrate, but also all other faithful of the Catholic Church, we are convinced, will make use of this.”
Msgr. Lorenzo Ghizzoni was named in Dezember 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. as Archbishop of Ravenna and enthroned in January 2013.
That’s interesting. I know of at least one case like this from way before Summorum Pontificum. But this is interesting.
It is unusual for a priest who has been irregularly ordained to be given permission to offer (technically, an illicit) Mass. There’s no indication in the article whether the archbishop has given him faculties, or is merely permitting him (looking the other way?) to offer Mass and permitting the faithful to attend.
This smacks of that gray chaotic area Pope Francis seems so fond of.
If it were to come out that the archbishop gave him faculties, then we’d be in a very interesting canonical ballpark. It would likely have to be cleared through the Holy See and whatever irregularities that exist would need to be lifted (perhaps by the Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei“).
Since he would have been ordained without proper dimissorial letters, he would have been ipso facto suspended from the exercise of Holy Orders (can. 1383). This suspension is a censure which presumably prohibits the licit celebration of the sacraments (can. 1333) and prohibits the reception of stipends and demands the return of those stipends even if they had been given and received in good faith (can. 1333, 4). This suspension would need to be lifted. It does not appear that this censure is reserved to the Holy See. Therefore a bishop could probably lift it for one of his subjects, but only if that subject has purged his contempt (can. 1347, 2 and can. 1358, 1). This also might possibly require adjuration of the impaired communion the SSPX is currently in, as well some indication of a desire to return to the full, unimpaired communion enjoyed by other priests.