Some (Timid) Movement On “Summorum Pontificum”

His spiritual nephews continue his war against Catholicism: Annibale Bugnini.

Messa In Latino has the latest news about the improvident instruction on Summorum Pontificum and the news are a mixed bag.

All the bad elements of the instructions are confirmed and seem now rather definitive: the non-application of Summorum Pontificum to the Latin rites who are different from the Roman rite, unfortunately, stays. This means that the diocese of Milan and – if memory serves – part of those of Lugano (5,000,000 faithful, Ambrosian rite) will be destined to be a Tridentine desert unless, as it has been suggested, the next Archbishop doesn’t provide a small “Summorum Pontificum” ad hoc. This is very, very bad and one can’t avoid seeing in this decision a kind of frightful ammunition given to the Sixty-eighters. Same situation for the rites of the religious orders (like the Dominicans), where the blow is a bit softened by the rather easier way to get over the ban (consent of superior suffices if the Mass is cum populo; no bishop required and no authorisation whatsoever if the mass is not cum populo).

Also confirmed is the fact that the Tridentine will not be used for ordinations, not even if authorised by the Bishop. Ordinations with Tridentine Mass will – obviously – remain for traditionalist orders, but that’s that. Interestingly, Messa in Latino points out to the fact that in France one-quarter of seminarians describes themselves as traditionalists even if not members of one of the traditionalist orders. This will certainly bring further and well-deserved sympathies – and probably further vocations, also fully deserved – to the SSPX.

In the disappointment of this and other, so to speak, minor bad news (all of them already known), one or two elements of improvements seem to have paved their way into the instruction, no doubt in order to give some token satisfaction to the very dissatisfied, ehm, serious Catholics. The two improvements would appear as follows:

a) in case of controversy between priest and Bishop, Ecclesia Dei decides. This is not much of a consolation as a priest is required to start an open war with his bishop before Ecclesia Dei is required to intervene in the first place; this is very far away from the original hope that Ecclesia Dei could appoint churches within the diocese to the celebration of Tridentine masses whenever the bishop slept. Still, it might make some bishop a bit more prudent, when he has a priest who is clearly imprudent.

b) The teaching of Latin in the seminaries is to be reintroduced. This is a bit of a joke as officially the teaching of Latin has never been abolished (Veterum Sapientia, I have written about it here) and the entire matter sounds not entirely credible, but one registers at least the token consolation and point of principle.

Summa summarum, the instruction remains very bad; a disappointment and a mistake, and a weapon in the hands of the trendies, but with some small half improvement and symbolic concessions meant to sweeten the pill.

Mala tempora currunt.


Posted on March 8, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The late Hamish Fraser, one of the most astute observers of events in contemporary Catholicism, made an interesting observation about how things get done in liberal Rome. He said that to “soften up” the faithful for the coming imposition of the disastrous Novus Ordo Mass, he agreed to publish Humanae Vitae, a document that caused his defenders to rush to his side, mount the ramparts and defend the man to their deaths – only to be subsequently stabbed in the back a short time later with the Novus Ordo “mandate”. Thus, any mass opposition from the faithful to this horrendous monstrosity was effectively vitiated. It’s an interesting theory, and with Fraser’s international connections (many of them in Rome) taken into consideration, probably mostly true.

    With that in mind it would seem we are now seeing that ploy in action once again, only in a perverse reversal sort of way. Benedict gives us Summorum Pontificam, and the traditionalists cheer. [Of course, just like Humanae Vitae, nothing is done by Rome to DEFEND their ruling. They sit back and watch chaos reign.] While they are cheering the stilettos silently come out and soon we are knifed squarely in the back by, among other things, the Good Friday prayer for the Jews “revision”, the appointment of more liberal thugs to high ecclesiatical office, the refusal to deal with the homosexual infiltration, Youth Day jamborees that are nothing but slightly muted rock concerts, further official abandoning of Christ’s admonition to “teach all nations”, the shocking decision to beatify perhaps the worst Pope in history, John Paul II, the condom confusions (which, even today, have not been corrected), more Assisi syncretist horrors coming this Fall, Benedict’s telling the world, hilariously and against all historical truth, that the Jews had nothing to do with Christ’s death (something that will astonish many Jews who openly, and proudly, proclaim that their ancestors did, indeed, commit this Deicide and would be more than happy to do so again if given the opportunity), etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum. And now the inevitable and, sadly, quite predictable backtracking on Summorum Pontificum, which they didn’t enforce anyway. And never intended to.

    Our long-suffering Mundabor and his loyal readers are no doubt tired of my constant refrain (which our editor graciously allows to be presented on his blog) that we need a Pope with guts in order to clean out the stables. I must now add, in view of Benedict’s latest shenanigans, that we need a Pope who is Catholic.

    Please God that Heaven will take pity on us and end this madness, this “diabolic disorientation” which has engulfed the Church. And soon.

    • Schmenz,
      I follow you only up to a certain point as i do not doubt that Benedict is Catholic, rather than he is catholic with the energy that, in my eyes, the present situation will require.

      I am in the meantime of the opinion that the HF never intended for Summorum Pontificum to find wide application, rather being content from day one that the first step had been undertaking and leaving to his successor to do things, well, properly.

      This of leaving to one’s successor the task to set right what one himself does wrong seems to be one of the dominant traits of the papacies of the last decades. I don’t think that Sixtus V (“Er Papa Tosto”; still very popular in Rome) would have approved.

      Cojones, this is what is needed and I will myself also repeat this ad nauseam. In this respect I can’t say that Pope Benedict is doing what he could and, I think, should.


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