From a reader…
Recently, our stable group of roughly 50 people took the extraordinary step of asking our bishop for a regular celebration of the EF, having already spoken to the pastor of the parish. He responded in the negative. How do we go about appealing to the PCED? Any recommendations?
You should send all the accumulated correspondence to the Pontifical Commission. I have tips for writing to bishops and offices and such on the lower menus, waaaay at the bottom of the blog. HERE
A couple things are not clear here. Pardon if I get right to the point.
I assume you spoke to the pastor, as a group, and he said “yes”. Then WHY OH WHY go to the bishop?
Summorum Pontificum leaves this in the hands of the pastor of the parish.
If the pastor said “yes”, he does not need permission from the bishop.
One of these days, this will sink in. It’s only been 11 YEARS.
On the other hand, if the pastor said “no” (I can’t tell from the email) and then the “bishop” said “no”, then, yes, writing to the PCED is the last resort.
However, either way, you should persevere, making the request in ever larger numbers of people who actually participate in the life of the parish. Let me make that point again: who actually participate in the life of the parish. Get people on board who are involved, who are known. Make yourselves available. Be cheerfully relentless.
Anyway… people…. PLEASE TRY TO GET THIS INTO YOUR HEADS.
Art. 5, § 1. In paroeciis, ubi coetus fidelium traditioni liturgicae antecedenti adhaerentium stabiliter exsistit, parochus eorum petitiones ad celebrandam sanctam Missam iuxta ritum Missalis Romani anno 1962 editi, libenter suscipiat. Ipse videat ut harmonice concordetur bonum horum fidelium cum ordinaria paroeciae pastorali cura, sub Episcopi regimine ad normam canonis 392, discordiam vitando et totius Ecclesiae unitatem fovendo.
Art. 5, § 1. In parishes, where there is stably present a group of the faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition, let the pastor willingly receive their petitions that Mass be celebrated according to the Rite of the Missale Romanum issued in 1962. Let him see to it that the good of these faithful be harmoniously brought into accord with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the Bishop according to canon 392, by avoiding discord and by fostering the unity of the whole Church.
It’s the pastor. And the bishop cannot say the pastor cannot decide, because the bishop cannot override the legislation of the Supreme Pontiff.
The bishop can, with a raw exercise of unjust power crucify the priest who obeys this law, but that is another tale for another time.