Thank you, Pope Benedict

Your Holiness, thank you for Summorum Pontificum.

Since the late 80’s I had the pleasure of speaking with you about these matters, and I think I know your mind on them and motives.

You gave us a great and timely gift.

Today, on this 10th anniversary of the implementation of your Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, I offered my Holy Mass for your intention.

I will try to carry forward your vision and hopes.

Ad multos annos.

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  1. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Ad multos annos!

  2. oledocfarmer says:

    Oremus pro invicem.

  3. JARay says:

    Ad multos annos indeed.

  4. Geoffrey says:

    Did not His Holiness the Pope Emeritus want a “reform of the reform”?

    I feel the “reform of the reform” movement is losing ground…

  5. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    We’ve entered into the “reform of the reform of the reform” phase.

    The directors of the “reform of the reform” hired to continue the reform after the other people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked.

    The “reform of the reform of the reform” id noe being completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute.

  6. NickD says:

    ADRA, if I could, I would give you an “upvote” for that comment.

    I hope we will soon have a reform of the reform of the reform of the reform

  7. RichR says:

    Our parish priest offered an EF Mass today with Schola chanting beautiful chants. Most of the laymen who attended were students and professors from the university. Many were young adults with kiddos. Our diocese has many seminarians, and most are interested in solemn worship in either form. Many blessings here in Central Texas.

  8. Patrick-K says:

    I do thank Pope Benedict, but clearly he left many stones unturned. Something more thorough was needed, although not deserved. Of course, we are seeing the effects of his, and our, weakness now. Where do we go from here? May God grant us what we do not deserve — our children are not implicated in it.

  9. anilwang says:

    WRT the reform of the reform, I think Pope Benedict XVI misdiagnosed the problem. The problem isn’t reform, it’s faithfulness. To misquote Chesterton “The Liturgy according to Vatican II has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”. Pope Benedict XVI seemed to have known this, and there were signs he was trying to call priests to be more faithful to the NO months before he resigned. I wish he resigned one year after he did (or better 10 years). Not only would we have a more faithful liturgy, there would be several liberal cardinals who would have been excluded from the conclave because of age and that might have changed things

    To be specific the NO has not been practiced faithfully (see the most Ordinariate masses for a faith liturgy), and the NO itself is not faithful to Vatican II.

    At this point, we can’t return the Church en mass to TLM. To do so would be to invite the same unfaithfulness in the general NO into TLM and destroy it. We have to move forward and not continue to move backwards to hippie liturgy as Pope Francis desires. The reform that must take place is in people’s hearts. The NO must be practiced faithfully and then the NO must be made more faithful to Vatican II. Once this happens, one of three things will happen: The TLM will decline because the NO is faithful, the NO will wither away since it will be close enough so close to the TLM that people will appreciate TLM more, both TLM and NO will finally coexist the way the Ordinariate, Ambrosian, and Dominican liturgies currently coexist with the NO and neither will be shunned.

  10. hwriggles4 says:


    You must be in the Austin Diocese. I owe much of my reversion story to the Catholic Student Center at Texas A and M University. The nuts and bolts of Catholicism are alive there, and the students flock to it. When students smell “happy gas”, they evacuate the building.

  11. RichR says:


    Yes, we’re in Aggieland for sure, where trust in doctrinal tradition opens one’s heart to liturgical tradition.

  12. JamesA says:

    A moving and beautiful post, Father.
    Amen, indeed.
    And thank you for your years in the trenches to make Summorum Pontificum a reality and a success.
    Ad multos annos.

  13. JamesA says:

    And greetings from Austin, RichR. The celebrant must have been Fr. Albert, our former pastor. A good man.

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