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.