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Summorum Pontificum "interpreted" (read "curtailed")
by Polish Bishops

The German Bishops were the first to collectively issue guidelines for the "interpretation" of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. The Swiss Bishops published their own version of the guidelines and the Polish Episcopal Conference published its guidelines on October 3, 2007 (Translation by Kronika Novus Ordo):

The Bishops gathered for the 341st Assembly of the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw (2-3 October 2007) have issued instructions on the celebration of Mass according to the Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, announced by Pope Benedict XVI on 7 July 2007. The Motu Proprio and the Accompanying Letter to Bishops lay down the outline conditions for the celebration of Mass according to the Missale Romanum promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII as the extraordinary form of the Church’s liturgy.

1. The Parish Liturgy is to be celebrated in the ordinary form. Where a need arises, on Sundays and holy days of obligation, one additional Mass in the extraordinary form can be celebrated, however it can't replace the Mass in the ordinary form (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 5 § 2).

2. The possibility for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form in parish communities must take account of the spiritual well-being of the whole community of the Faithful making the request. The introduction of the form of Mass must not give rise to tension or cause division (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 5 § 1). Desire of a certain group of the Faithful to have a Mass celebrated according to Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII must not create dificulties to other Faithful taking part in Mass celebrated in the ordinary form of the rite.

3. The ordinary form of the Mass should be celebrated using the Missale Romanum 1970 (Editio typica tertia 2002), and in the Polish language — according to Missale Romanum for Polish Dioceses, Poznań 1986. For the extraordinary form of Mass, Missale Romanum 1962 — Proprium Poloniae 1962 is to be used (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 1).

4. Applications for permission to celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form can be raised by groups of laymen active in a given Parish (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 5 § 1 and Art. 7) and directed to the Parish Priest/Rector. If groups includes members of different Parishes, the application should be addressed to the Diocesan bishop.

5. Diocesan bishops have the right to determine kind and size of the group, who has the right to make request to have the Mass in the extraordinary form.

6. Priests who are to celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form of the rite (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 5 § 4) should meet the following requirements:
  • - Accept the whole liturgy of the Church in their ordinary and extraordinary forms (cf. accompanying letter of Pope Benedict XVI);
  • - Know well the extraordinary form of the rite;
  • - Understand Latin;
  • - Have altar servers well trained for the extraordinary rite celebration
The foregoing requirements should be subject to formal verification by Diocesan Liturgical Committees.

7. The Calendar and order of readings of the Missale Romanum 1962 should be used for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form 1962. Attention should be given to the already announced extensions after a period of time of the Calendar through the Ecclesia Dei Commission. For the reading of the readings in the vernacular (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 6) the Perikopes must be extracted from the recognised lectionary of the Missal for the Dioceses, i.e. Pallotinum Poznań of 1972-2004. Alternatively, the Missale Romanum by the Benedictines of Tyniec Abbey, (Pallotinum Poznań, 1963), can be used.

Preaching during Mass in the extraordinary form of the rite should be in line with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.

8. Polish Bishops for now see no use of the right to establish personal parishes (cf. Summorum Pontificum, Art. 10) for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

9. Parish Priests and Rectors of churches, where the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form has been allowed, should let their bishop know about it to help him prepare the the motu proprio implementation report, to be sent to Pope in three years period (cf. Accompanying Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.).

10. Referring to the instructions of Motu Proprio, it should be pondered whether or not one Sunday Eucharist should be celebrated in the Latin language pursuant to Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI. There are people who wish to take part in such a Mass. In some churches, such liturgy in the Latin language is celebrated and generally accessible to the Faithful.

These guidelines become effective as of 15 October 2007.

+ Archbishop Józef Michalik
Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference

+ Bishop Stefan Cichy
Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Liturgical Committee

Warsaw, 3 October 2007
341st Plenary Assembly of the Polish Episcopal Conference


Anonymous said...

Seems as if they don't need to wait three years to send the Pope a report. They've already taken care of restricting it to the point of non-exixtence.

Anonymous said...

The MP failed, because it attempted to initiate a disciplinary and liturgical change without addressing questions of doctrine and morality, esp. the failings of such in particular episcopate members and holders.

The curtailment of a papal mp by episcopal conferences signifies that the Papacy suffers wide scal schism, but won't allow it to be called schism unless it involves those for nameless bishops consecratedin 1988.

Anonymous said...

Give it time, the libs are running scared. We're winning.

Anonymous said...

Why do these scoundrels hate Tradition with such a passion?

Anonymous said...

Helloooooo it something called the devil!!!

Jordan Potter said...

Anonymous seems to be enjoying his conversation with himself . . .

Benfan said...

Sad that the Polish Bishops have taken this line.

Athanasius said...

The current Polish episcopacy, in my opinion, either were communists or are influenced by them. That is why they have worked so hard to break down traditional Catholic practice in Poland, most recently by forcing through Communion in the Hand while no one in Poland wants it. This is simply another example, and furthermore they are imposing rules that are contrary to the norms of the Motu Proprio.

Why else would they be so hostile to the Mass of Tradition? You can't say that the Mass which was sacred to Catholics from Gregory the Great until 1965 is now no longer sacred and good. The Bishops are the ones creating the divisions, treating the Mass as though it had to be contained in a quarantined side altar.

Anonymous said...

in the end, we will win. these liberal modernist bishops are dying. the rest will lose thier faith. only the traditionalists will keep the faith.

in case you haven't noticed, the catholic church by in large is dying, especially in the west. it's now headed for the catecombs.

Anonymous said...

So the bishop's councils protest and restrict. The laity can take it to Rome now. That is where the real thing will lie... will Rome stand against the bishops or not? Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

Com'on Jordan Potter, we know you can make distinctions. Don't pretend you can't!

Jordan Potter said...

Oh yes, I can distinguish between Anonymous' multiple personalities. ;-)

I just thought it was funny that the first five comments were all anonymous, and seem to have come from at least two and as many as five persons.

Novak said...

The Holy See indicated years back that episcopal conferences per se have no authority to bind individual bishops except according to canon law where such is granted and where there's a recognitio by the Holy See. It would seem to me that this is not binding on individual bishops and that certain provisions of this should be appealed directly to Rome. The best thing would be for the Holy Father to neutralize all these attempts to thwart the MP by "interpretation."

Mark said...

"Desire of a certain group of the Faithful to have a Mass celebrated according to Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII must not create dificulties to other Faithful taking part in Mass celebrated in the ordinary form of the rite."

According to this, the feelings of a single NO catholic trump the legitimate desires of the traditionalists. This sounds like liberum veto, all over again.

Anonymous said...

These statements of the Episcopal Conferences make you think that Vatican II was not an Ecumenical Council,but an act of rebellion by the Bishops of the World against the See of St. Peter, muted in pastoral language and rubber stamped by a man who didn't care to throw the Church to the dogs.

Michael said...

For clarity, "Anonymous" should have a definitive tag, i.e. by number perhaps. It is a continuous confusing and ongoing dialogue.

Mike B. said...

I find the placement of the comments option interesting in that it comes post three inputs that connect the outrageous rebellion of the Polish Bishops Conference with indications that SSPX may be seriously working for union with Rome. Could Bishop Fellay and his clerical allies see that the traditional Holy Roman Rite may end up more isolated if SSPX does not act now? Will the Motu Propio stand the onslaught without their direct efforts inside the Church? Will this moment come again if the progressive power structure continues to very cleverly demonize the Extraordinary Rite? Is it time to risk it or watch the door slowly close?

Anonymous said...


No more anonymous than your own pseudonym . . .

However if we are men of the truth, who we are matters not, the truth of what we say matters.

However, some of us are men of politics, and so who it is who says these things is more important to us.

Michael said...

Anonymous, thanks for the instruction.

Spirit of Vatican II said...

This is called reception, and the Polish bishops are merely fulfilling their duty to their flocks. The fact that some of you are so ready to demonize them for this bespeaks a very poor understanding of Chtholicism. "The curtailment of a papal mp by episcopal conferences signifies that the Papacy suffers widescale schism." Nonsense, bishops have always interpreted and adapted papal directives in function of their local situation. The Pope in turn has thanked them, as Pius IX thanked the French bishops for their interpretation of Syllabus Errorum, which in its literal sense had become an embarrassment. The MP itself insists that the bishop is the one who governs liturgical usage in his own diocese, and that the MP cannot be availed of by those who disagree with Vatican II or regard the Novus Ordo as not the normative form or as illegitimate.

Mark said...

Spirit of Vatican II:

If you want to call it "reception" it's a very cold one, dressed in a dessicated bureaucratic language. There is no evidence of joy or gratitude. What troubles me is the following statement:

"Desire of a certain group of the Faithful to have a Mass celebrated according to Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII must not create difficulties to other Faithful taking part in Mass celebrated in the ordinary form of the rite."

This may be taken as an invitation to fabricate such difficulties, and exploit the resulting tension contra the TLM. It unjustly gives one group of the Faithful a privileged position. It also rises the ghost of the liberum veto, of unhappy memory in Polish history.

Anonymous said...

The current Pontiff is truly Arian in nature. Denying the Divinity, co-equality and consubstaniality of Jesus Christ to the Father. St. Pius X had a vision of a Holy Father amongst his peers bloodied on the hill. St. Pius X can only reveal the truth. This event will surely occur in the near future. Roman Catholics following Sacred Tradtion can only hold out for so long. The Great Council of Trent, and Vatican I lives on eternally!

Anonymous said...

Parish priests are in no way bound to obey those schismatic bishops who according to the content of Motu Proprio illicitly try to stop celebrations of the Latin Mass.

If such a bishop tries to suspend a priest because of the Latin Mass his action would be illicit and the priest would absolutely not be bound to obey it.

Thus, no priest will have any excuse before God if he is able to celebrate the Latin Mass but doesn't do It.
Whoever priest wills It, he can do It regardless of anyone and anything. Period.

Cowards, lazy, lukewarm and traitors will not enter Heaven but will eternally suffer in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Now they worry about causing division! And what exactly have they been doing the last 40 years? Reconciliation? Haha! And Besides Jesus Himself said He will cause divisions but not the kind they have cause nor the ones they try to avoid now. Boy are they lucky they don't have to work for a CEO They wouldn't last a week if they ignored and perverted everything that comes down from the top. I guess they call it divine right since they have never heard of obedience. Uncredible! Unbelievable! Utter blindness and self-conceipt.

Anonymous said...

The guy who wrote that the current Vicar of Christ (Our beloved Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI) is Arian, deserves a good kicking at earliest given opportunity. You have absolutely no consideration for God, yourself, or others my friend, that you committed such a sin to writing I find hard to believe- you fool! Perhaps you are one of these sede-vacantist types that think they are somehow better educated than the man God has willed to lead the worlds i billion Catholics??? You are a gnostic yourself believing that you somehow have come across truth which remained obscured to most people. The truth of the Christ and his Church is there for all men to see at all times-God wills it. Again you are a fool!
By the way, you do realise also that your statement is a traditional characteristic of protestantism and we know what gave rise to that....pride.

berenike said...

Woah, folks, what's in this that's not in SP, except perhaps point 5? I might wish they were more enthusiastic, but you are all paranoid!

A Pole

Bill said...

If Vatican II democratized the Church, then the Council deserves blame for the curtailment, doesn't it? To solve the curtailment problem and others like it, why not abolish collegiality and the Novus Ordo, and revert to the way the Church was before that disasterous oecumenical Council?