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For the Record

From the extremely-ultra-"Progressive" French magazine Golias:

The editorial of March 23

The Motu Proprio on the Latin Mass soon available


Our informations concerning the imminent publication of the motu proprio which would allow for a much wider use of the pre-Conciliar rite make us believe that it could take place before Easter.The document will be published before the end of Lent: [or, rather,] in any event, Pope Benedict would be determined [to have it published].
This "motu proprio" should have appeared at the end of January. The opposition of a certain number of prelates was what prompted Benedict XVI to be patient. Among the opponents to this "motu proprio", Cardinals Karl Lehmann, Jean-Pierre Ricard (forced by his brothers of the French episcopate, being himself [personally] quite favorable to it), Jean-Marie Lustiger, Godfreed Danneels, Giovanni Battista Re should be particularly mentioned... The opposition to this project does not follow the usual criteria of conservatism. The archbishop of Paris, André Vingt-Trois, is very hostile to the project itself, though he is counted among the conservatives. Other prelates, such as Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, are, on the contrary, favorable to it.


  1. As always, we wish to make clear our great skepticism regarding specific dates or date ranges. This translation is published here for the general record of events.

  2. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Hmm, seems like I missed a chance to see a fireworks show . . . .

  3. Anonymous1:05 PM

    It must be the political animal in me, but I am always interested to see who's fer us and who's agin us. I still remember that it was widely reputed to have been Cardinal Re who squelched the universal indult at the time of the 10th anniversary of Ecclesia Dei and the FSSP.

  4. Lehmann against the MP? We are truly blessed in our enemies.

  5. Anonymous1:35 PM

    "Jean-Pierre Ricard (forced by his brothers of the French episcopate, being himself [personally] quite favorable to it"

    "In the Revolution they eat each other."

  6. Good to know which Bishops have turned their backs on the "most beautiful thing this side of Heaven".

    The wolves are shoiwng their hands (teeth?) let us counter them with prayers for the Holy Father.

  7. As I always said, this is a political process, patience will be required. The Holy Father is lining up maximum support, and divining (literally) who will be the schimatics over it, so that they can be pursuaded one way or another, to avoid such a disastrous course. Or, so that they can be countered if they do. His motto in this case, "Do not be taken by surprise."

  8. Thy will be done, Lord, not mine. If it were my will that was done in this world, the motu proprio would have been out months ago. Of course, if my will was always done, we would not have needed a motu proprio to begin with... *chuckle*

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  11. Anonymous5:22 PM

    I saw Lustiger in New York just two or three weeks ago. I wonder what occasioned this visit? I hope it is not part of a worldwide campaign. He celebrated a novus ordo mass with introit tract offertory and communion in Latin along with the ordinary at Church of the Holy Trinity on West 82nd St. He did not preach.

  12. How odd. In Paris, he could barely bring himself to set foot in either of the two Novus Ordo churches where such a Mass would ever take place.

  13. Anonymous8:22 PM

    I'm surprised to see Cardinal Ricard described as personally sympathetic to the traditional Latin Mass...even years ago,he accompanied his predecessor as head of the national conference,Cardinal Bille of Lyon,to Rome to protest to John Paul II against a previously proposed broadening of the old Mass.So are there more sympathetic (and non-SSPX) French priests available for appointment to episcopal vacancies or is the national culture completely hostile?


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