Bottom line… if there were serious talk in the Curia about suppressing Summorum, this news militates against it.
This is like clock work. I’m trying to get on the road and this pops up. So, without access to my laptop, etc., I’m working on an old Celeron! It’s Zuhlsdorf’s Law.
You recall the St. Peter’s Suppression of Holy Mass in the Traditional Reform issued by the Secretariat of State founded on the most absurd of arguments about decorum, blah blah blah.
Today the Archpriest of the Basilica issued his own document which slightly walks back the harshness purposely levelled at the priests who desire to use the TLM, and therefore at Pope Benedict (still living).
After a great deal of rambling and gassy prose, you find some information about the Extraordinary Form:
VATICAN—Months after a directive was issued through the Vatican Secretariat of State, @HolySeePress has released an Italian statement from the new Cardinal Archpriest of the Basilica.
Note the clear emphasis on the desire to respect the Moto Proprio Summorum Pontificum. pic.twitter.com/WraxNioVmv
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) June 22, 2021
Not my translation, below.
BUT… skip to EXCEPTIONS on the 2nd page.
“Everything possible must be done” to accommodate those who want to use the provisions of Summorum. That’s a little funny, if you’ve lived in clerical circles in Rome. A common response to requests is a wry smile, raised palms and a drawn out, “Non possumus!”
Permission for groups with “special needs” will be granted. Who knows what that means.
Requests for individual celebrations can also be discerned from time to time, without prejudice to the principle that everything should take place in an atmosphere of recollection and decorum with vigilance so that what is exceptional does not become ordinary, distorting the intentions and the sense of the Magisterium.
Several points. Which groups do you think are more likely to violate “decorum” in the Basilica? A priest with some lay people for a LOW MASS at a side altar a zillion meters away from the chapels where some NO concelebration might be happening or perhaps a group of young people from Calabria with their guitars and gray-shirted cool priest in Italian?
And since when do these folks worry about the exceptional becoming the ordinary? Like… Communion in the hand?
“Distorting the sense of the Magisterium….”? Could someone please read me Benedict’s Letter with the release of Summorum?
Now look at the text yourself.