Traditionis custodes, a cruel and incoherent document, exceeded in incoherent cruelty by the Responses to the Dubious Dubia™, must fail.
Together, they do something unprecedented: they attack diocesan bishops.
However, for all the bishops out there who are wondering what to do about this enormous headache two-fer,
Canon 87: “A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that it contributes to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the Church. He is not able to dispense, however, from procedural or penal laws nor from those whose dispensation is specially reserved to the Apostolic See or some other authority.”
Your Excellencies, Fathers, read the aforementioned documents carefully.
There is nothing in them that blocks can. 87. There is nothing in them “reserved to the Apostolic See or some other authority”.
The only thing that sort of comes close is when, in a Response, the Congregation that a bishop can ask the Congregation for a dispensation about parish churches. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that the bishop can’t grant the dispensation himself! Sure, a bishop can ask, but he doesn’t have to.
This does not mean that bishops can dispense with whatever law they want. But it does mean that, in the case of TC and the DD they can apply can. 87. Furthermore, the DD are of doubtful legal force at all. (HERE – IMPORTANT)
Meantime, BISHOPS, FATHERS! I have invited readers here to be a Custos Traditionis, turning the sock inside out. HERE
I explain it in greater detail there, but in a nutshell:
… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are
- the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
- the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.
- recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
- make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.