18 August 2007

I'm sure someone will tell me I'm wrong, but ...

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... I have come to the conclusion that the Holy Father, in publishing Summorum Pontifcum, has launched a coup d'etat against the liberality of some Bishops, and is trusting priests to undo some of the mischief which the Bishops have been responsible for.

Reading the blog of Fr Z (whom God preserve!) has been instructive recently: lots of Bishops trying to interpret what the Pope must have meant when he issued his Motu Proprio and concluding that they can still dictate what Use will be used once we reach 14 September, in spite of what the words on paper actually say.

But the Pope absolutely and categorically returned this choice to the priests. the Bishops have no right to stop a suitably qualified (idoneus) priest from saying his private Mass according to the form he wishes. He cannot stop the faithful from asking for, and in consequence receiving, the Extraordinary Rite.

The Bishops are rebuked for allowing men to be ordained whose Latin is not up to celebrating Mass (in either Use) in Latin. They have not fulfilled their obligation, as Heads of Local Churches, to ensure that Men are sent to seminaries where they can be properly formed as priests of the Roman Rite. In short, they can no longer be trusted, in matters liturgical, to maintain the communion with Rome which is an intrinsic mark of dioceses in the Roman Church. So they have been bypassed, and Oh! how they hate it.

The next eighteen months are likely to be ugly, at least in parts of the English-speaking world. What will happen when a priest is forbidden or prevented by his Ordinary from celebrating the Extraordinary form of the Mass? We can be confident about Rome's reaction, but the potential for grave scandal is there.

But I think we'll miss it in England and Wales, at least initially. I understand that Bishops have been advised not to get involved in any public way: the Eccleston Square view is that the less publicity given to the priests who start using the Extraordinary Rite, the less will be the demand from the laity to have access to it. But they have no plan to cope with a situation in which a significant number of priests start celebrating the Mass traditionally, because they are confident that it just won't happen. They are irritated by the Motu Proprio, and make jokes about German Shepherds barking a lot, and being vicious when provoked, but are so confident that their conception of the Church is the right one that they can't imagine anything else.

How they might react to what they might think of as mutiny is yet to be seen. We are living in interesting times.

7 comments:

greatgable said...

You will be right about the ugliness, I can vouch for that from personal experience, however....

My experienece is that what ever policy the "liberals" have it usually produces the exact opposite of what they intend.

Also they are rather good as being stupid. I expect that someone will say or do something that will do them great damage.

fr paul harrison

White Stone Name Seeker said...

I've asked my pp to say the TLM. I don;t think he will-although he would like to. he's up against it already, so I wont push it. Poor man has enough to deal with.

I am an NO attendee and what I really would like is the end of liturgical abuse. But we'll see...

On the side of the angels said...

We have to be very careful - I persist in reminding everyone - we have scruples !!! They have very few if they're willing to pragmatically twist everything to their agenda...

beware of those new , previously liberal, liturgists ; who start publishing recommendations and guidelines how to 'perform' and 'augment' an extraordinary rite...

remember they are opportunistic !!!
Look how the ex-Trotskyites of the 80's became right-wing Blairites ?
These people can be just as situationist....

Fr Ray Blake said...

"but are so confident that their conception of the Church is the right one that they can't imagine anything else."

So true, there is nothing so vicious as a liberal under pressure. A bishop has a tremendous amount of power over a priest, he can crush him.

Dorothy said...

On the side of the angels" makes a very interesting reference to Trotskyites. Trotskyism is the forgotten element of Marxist thought and activity, its followers having the potential to be more insidiously pernicious in many areas of society. One of their key methods is opportunistic destabilisation. I've no intention of heading in the direction of paranoia on this subject, and I'm sure OTSOTA isn't either. But readers may be interested in the following, which I came across a few years ago when I was trying to brush up on various aspects of 20th century history. If you search:

fourth international liberation theology

(the Fourth International meaning the Trotskyists)

the results will include

www.internationalviewpoint.org

and by word-searching theology you will find a passage about the desirability of participating in - among other movements - liberation theology. To me this implies that there are followers of the Trotskyist ideology who are aware of many bodies in society, including organised religion, in which there is the potential to further their ends.

I must stress the point that this is only mentioned as an item of interest. I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

On the side of the angels said...

I'm no conspiracy theorist either, but I know how weasly some of these people are !
Liturgists I have experienced can turn on a sixpence dependant upon the 'colour' of the bishop/cleric they are interacting with - and lie through their back teeth regarding their liturgical motivation to implement something...

Trust has to be earned.
Just wait till the 'professional laity' get the maniples and the lace out and become tyrannical over it...

Tony said...

It is sad when something so beautiful is passed over, for whatever reason. Perhaps the reason is as simple as "Latin has been let slip" from the curriculum of the seminary!