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An eminent confirmation

From a news dispatch by the Italian news agency ANSA:

"The publication of the Motu Proprio from the Pope which will liberalize the celebration of the Latin Mass according to the Missal of Saint Pius V is close." Who affirmed this was Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, member of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, which met this morning to discuss the liberalization of the Mass in Latin. "We studied the document with tranquility," the Cardinal affirmed. "We discussed [it] together for over 4 hours and to make some corrections to the text of the Motu Proprio." The next step belongs to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (president of the commission), who will present the text to Benedict XVI. There shall perhaps be another meeting of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Medina added. Another member of the [Commission], the Cardinal of Lyon [sic -> Bordeaux], Jean Pierre [sic] Ricard, did not wish to make any comment, underlining that "[he] is bound by the pontifical secret".
Thanks to Gilbert and other readers for the tip (and I apologize for not posting it before -- busy day). (Sources: in French --in which it is reported that Medina would have said that another plenary meeting is "probably not needed"; original ANSA dispatch in Italian)



  2. Ave María Purísima!

  3. I hope that by way of "correction" he only meant that they were touching upon the pontifical Latin a bit.

  4. Nothing in life became him like the leaving of it.

    MacBeth 1.4.7-8

  5. Which is the greater miracle...the impending indult or a French prelate being struck dumb?

  6. Pray God it is true.

  7. Please, let us continue to elevate our prayer to God and His saints until the motu proprio is actually published.

    Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, pray for us!

    St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary and patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

    St. Peter and St Paul, pray for us!

    All the Holy Apostles, pray for us!

    St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

    St. Charles Borromeo, pray for us!

    St Pius V, pray for us!

    St. Pius X, pray for us!

    St. Benedict of Nursia, pray for us!

    All the saints of God, pray for us!

  8. This isn't a criticism of anyone, but shall we suspend wry, ironic, triumphalist or bitter commentary until we know what it is that is imminent, or has come to pass; this in a spirit of humble acquiescence to Divine Providence, and dependance on Our Lady's intercession. Believe me, there are a few things I would have added about Card. Ricard, but to what end. Orate fratres...

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  10. Not at all, both possibilities are mentioned in our post, to which CWN does not add anything new. It is impossible to ascertain what was said without the exact words of Cardinal Medina -- but I believe it is more likely that he said that a new meeting is not necessary, since the "next step" would be the delivery of the discussed text to His Holiness.

  11. I hope that the Motus Proprio clearly states that the Traditional Mass was never abolished with the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae.

  12. I join prof. antonio basto y praying for the succesful delivery of the alledged motu propis. Let's pray that it fully address the problematic around the Tridentine Liturgy in the Catholic Church. If this document is enacted, the content of it will be the sole responsability of H.H. Benedict XVI, since he as Vicar of Christ, is the only with the authority to enact univesal laws, notwithstanding what the commission presents to His Holiness. It is very interesting to note that Cardinal Medina is not bound by "papal secrecy" or perhaps he obtained a dispensation from the Holy Father himself. In any case Cardinal Medina was at the head of the Congregation for the Sacraments when the Missal of JPII of 2000 was published, the one that allowed for women to be acolytes and for communion to be received in the hands, both features contradicting the norms established by Pope Paul VI in these spheres. Although the publishing of the 2000 Missal is the sole responsability of JPII, Cardinal Medina, as head of the congregation with responsability for it, had the power to promote or obstruct any part of the missal. So to see him being so public in this area, perhaps denotes a sort of longing for "better times" as powerbraker in the Roman Curia. Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos is the one that has the authority in this respect, at the level of the commission. AMDG.

  13. That's great news.

  14. DEO GRATIAS! Please God, this is not just another false alarm.

  15. Or could it be that Cardinal Ricard is not really bound by the pontifical secret, but simply does not wish to be the one seen as "announcing" this to the media?

  16. poeta, if that is the case then Cardinal Ricard is lying, which makes it worse. Lying is a grave sin and he would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, unless he repents. AMDG.

  17. Lying is a grave sin

    Not always.

    Of course we should assume that Card. Ricard is telling the truth.

  18. I agree entirely. I just could not understand why one cardinal would not be under the pontifical secret while the others were.

  19. I also find it hard to believe that one of Cardinal Medina's experience would forget about something like that. However, I see on Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blog that ANSA has pulled the story, but it's still up on the I-Media site.

  20. Ansa has not pulled the story -- it was never published in the actual ANSA website in the first place. As a news agency, it releases many news dispatches to subscribers which are not necessarily made public in its website.

    In any event, the whole content was confirmed by Andrea Tornielli in today's Il Giornale.

  21. Ah, I see, thank you for clarifying.


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