On The Summorum Pontificum Instruction Again

Rumours become more numerous that the upcoming “Instruction” will not be as bad as previously feared.

I do not like to be cynical, but in my eyes one has the duty to look at reality with open eyes.

That things are not working as they should, I think everyone will agree. One should ask himself, then, what would allow things to work and whether the upcoming instructions will cause a movement in that direction.

Let us see the main positive points that are emerging.

1) There will be a clear reference to the fact that Summorum Pontificum is here to stay.

This seems, prima facie, positive. The only problem is that we knew that already. Words are, therefore, going to add themselves to other words. Not much here, methinks.

2) There will be a renewed encouragement to the bishops to give application to the motu proprio.

Fair enough, but: what’s the effect of this? It’s not that the bishops needed to be informed of the fact, and it is not that they gave a damn anyway. The question then is: what does this change?

3) There will a renewed explanation that the faithful have a right to the Tridentine whenever a “group of faithful” requests it.

This is almost a mockery as how many people make a group of faithful is – astonishingly, almost four years after Summorum Pontificum – still not said. Therefore, the bishops are going to ignore the Holy Father’s word in the future exactly as they have done in the past, positively encouraged from the fact that the Holy Father shows no inclination whatsoever to give some normative content to his now often-heard and little-enforced encouragements.

4) Seminarians should be trained not only in Latin, but in the Tridentine specifically.

This is also involuntarily funmy. Seminarians should have been trained in Latin all the time. They don’t, because those leading the seminaries don’t give a damn.
If they have not given a damn these last 45 years, what lets the Holy Father thinks that they are going to stop now?

Thie entire affair reminds me of the unruly school class with a weak teacher who continues to say: “Children, children! Behave!” and when the children do not behave, thinks that what is needed is to say: “Children, children! Behave!” once again…

From what has transpired up to now, this is what this instruction will be: in the best of cases a reiteration of weak encouragements, something the bishops will use as a check list of the things they are going to continue to ignore; in the worst of cases, a subtle but clear indication that as long as this Pope lives there’s going to be no fight for the Tridentine and when the next Pope is elected, the dices are going to be thrown again….

In both cases, you can imagine whether anything is going to change in the way the Tridentine is boycotted.




Posted on March 24, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I, too, have heard some of the positive rumors. But I, too, will wait and see what happens.

    Let us go back to “square one”, though: no Pope ever had the right to abrogate the ancient Mass in the first place. So there was never any real need for motu proprios, Ecclesia Dei Commissions, etc. But I realize that the “reality on the ground” made it somewhat necessary for these actions to have taken place, unnecessary as they are. Had the Pope just simply ordered and end to this chaoctic liturgical bullshit that would have done the trick and quite nicely. But exercises of papal power these past hundred years or so have been conspicuous by their absence.

    “Encouragement” means nothing; “ordering” means something. The Pope can encourage the despicable Bishops all he wants. They will simply ignore him, as per usual. The only thing they understand is power…raw, direct power.

    Another seemingly forgotten little point: Summorum Pontificum explicitly removes the interference of the Bishops in the matter entirely. Even faithful Catholics anxious for the return of the sane Mass have grovelled before these bastards, begging for a few Tridentine crumbs. It’s time we start tactfully and prudently going over their heads. Yes, it will take a priest with courage – because he knows very well that the Bishop will make his life hell if he says the Mass. But courage, as we see, is something lacking in the Church today pretty much from the top down. Now if the Pope doesn’t want Summorum Pontificum to be the dead letter it almost already is then he had better FORCEFULLY remind his Bishops that they should keep their episcopal noses out of it. That, too will require some backbone on his part. Perhaps he could put aside apologizing to heretics, Jews and pagans for awhile and direct some of that energy to restoring the Faith (though I wont, of course, hold my breath).

    While I am hardly an Athanasius I recognize quite clearly my right not to be bullied around by arrogant liberal Bishops whose contempt for the true Faith is palpable. I will continue to happily ignore them when they make unlawful demands and to publicly, firmly and tactfully reprimand them when they sit on their collective rear-ends and do nothing to teach and defend the Faith they are suppose to be teaching and defending. We have to stop taking this rubbish from these people.

    • “Encouragement” means nothing; “ordering” means something.

      Fully agree, Schmenz, and also agree that courage is lacking from the top down.

      The fish stinks from the top down, as they say in Italy. It can’t be that 27,000 bishops are completely guilty and the Pope is completely innocent. Decisive action is required, not encouragements. Encouragements are best applied to those ready and willing to be encouraged.


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