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Motu proprio notes:
No press conference; document could still be lightly "retouched"

Some further details from the news website of the Belgian Episcopal Conference.


In a declaration made on June 28 to the press, Father Lombardi [the head of the Holy See Press Office] assured that the publication of this document should take place in the days ahead, "maybe next week".

"The pope wished to present the document personally to the authorities most interested [in it],"explained the director of the Holy See Press Office. He added that Benedict XVI had thus wished for "a personal, direct and non-epistolary presentation" of the Motu Proprio to the bishops.

Fifteen people took part in the meeting, detailed Father Lombardi, among whom French Cardinals Philippe Barbarin, Primate of the Gauls, and Jean-Pierre Ricard, President of the French Episcopal Conference.Three Cardinals of the Curia were also present: Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Father Federico Lombardi indicated that the document would now be sent to the Bishops. The director of the Holy See Press Office added that no press conference will take place.


The text presented to the prelates on June 27 should still undergo "some small retouches", the [news] agency I.Media has otherwise learned.

The statement in the last paragraph was provided by the news agency, not by Father Lombardi.


  1. Anonymous6:08 PM

    I don't like the sound of "small retouches." Don't tell me these are just spelling errors.

  2. They've been touching all over this thing forever - let's have it without the meddling of the Gauls!

  3. Anonymous6:36 PM

    If the document is signed by the pope, there can be no changes...


  4. It also seems highly unlikely, if not impossible, to us.

  5. Could it be "trash talk" by some journalist trying to stir up trouble in the bottom of the ninth?

  6. Anonymous6:46 PM

    When the MP is published, we will know the date of the papal signature and therefore wether the MP was changed.

  7. Anonymous7:02 PM

    New Catholic: I think you'd be in a good position to write a book -- or at least long article -- about this whole thing once it pans out.

  8. If I were the papal bouncer, I might say something like, "Oh yeah? Let ME lightly retouch your face."

    But, thankfully, Christian charity restrains me from such an impudent comment.

  9. Anonymous7:17 PM

    I hope by "touch up" they means putting the signed version in a golden picture frame and placing it in a museum. Or it could simply mean adding a "Bl" to the Pope's signature.

    Other than that, they likely added that in there so they could get all the jabs in they could before D-Day.

  10. Anonymous7:39 PM

    There will be no D-day at all if the final word is left to the bishops. If that loop hole is left open, it will just be another DOA document, although with more hand-wringing and "dialog".

  11. The papal bouncer.

    Is that a dream job or what?

  12. Anonymous9:29 PM

    In the Church, the final word is never left to "the bishops," only to one bishop, the Bishop of Rome. Since we know the kinds of things the Pope desires for the Missal of Blessed John XXIII, I am inclined to believe that the Motu Proprio will let the bishops have the final say in such a manner that the bishops will not be allowed to refrain from the generosity encouraged by John Paul II in the current indult.

    The chief importance of this Motu Proprio, I think, will be that it will no longer take an "indult" (permission to deviate from universal law) to celebrate or assist at a traditional Mass. I believe (hope) the Motu Proprio will change the state of affairs in such a way that the traditional Mass will be officially regularised, not something permitted only rarely and as a special favor.

    But I'll find out if I'm right in a few more days . . .

  13. Anonymous9:40 PM

    The text presented to the prelates on June 27 should still undergo "some small retouches", the [news] agency I.Media has otherwise learned.


    Sounds like the wishful thinking ("should still undergo...") of an anonymous source -- who may not have even been present in the actual meeting. We have been told that the document has been translated and signed...and now mailed to the Bishops of the world. This baby has been born.


  14. Anonymous11:54 PM

    The papal bouncer.

    Is that a dream job or what?



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