08 July 2007

Two footnotes to the Motu Proprio

7 July is the feast, in what we probably should now call the Extraordinary Calendar, of SS Cyril and Methodius.

They are Co-Patrons of Europe, and are venerated in the East as "like-Apostles". What better day to promulgate the start of the return of the Western Church to its liturgical roots? What better Triple-Crown-tip to the Orthodox Sister Churches? What brighter token of the Pope's faithfulness to Tradition?

A wider query. In the military:

"Information operations (IO) are described as the integrated employment of electronic warfare (EW), computer network operations (CNO), psychological operations (PSYOP), military deception (MILDEC), and operations security (OPSEC), in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own." (JP3-13)

What is the Catholic equivalent that HH the P has been employing so gainfully to outflank his opponents so comprehensively? Elements are clearly visible: the wonderful video of him concelebrating the NO with his secretaries and listening to a female Vatican employee reading the Epistle; saying the Brazilian 5th Eucharistic Prayer while at CELAM; convincing the liberal Western press that the Cardinal Ratzinger who ran the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith like a leopard had changed his spots and was now a pink and fluffy liberal.

One or two people were impatient at the two and a bit years this Motu Proprio has taken. How wonderful to have a Pope who understands the difference between a Campaign and an Operation. Let us hope that the SSPX, who play Blucher's role here, understand that Wellington is in command.

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