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Where is the "Clarification"?

Just saw this on Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blog:

Keep in mind that Pope Benedict had asked for feedback about the implementation of Summorum Pontificum after three years.  Three years went by.  There has been sufficient time for feedback.  It’s time for the instruction.

It is my understanding that the Instruction is on its way, that it has been, if I am right, approved by His Holiness, and will be issued in the first days of March.  That implies a signature date of 22 February, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.  Documents are often signed on a significant date, but released later.


Christopher J. Paulitz said...

A couple of years ago I was praying for this to be released.

Now, with some of the recent moves of the Holy Father, this scares me to death.

Unless, he's purposely gone so far recently to the left, so cushion the blow for when he comes down hard in favor of tradition with this clarification?

Br. Anthony, T.O.S.F. said...

"Unless, he's purposely gone so far recently to the left, so cushion the blow for when he comes down hard in favor of tradition with this clarification?"

One cannot do evil so that good can come about. This is the most basic principle of morality.

Anonymous said...

I am with "ya', I am afraid now too. Two years ago I was yea, bring it on. Now I fear it will allow altar girls, communion in the hand, vernacular etc. It may be best to not have it issued, but what do I know!

Hope Springs Eternal said...

If the Bishops and Priests didn't listen 3 years ago, what would make them more apt to listen with a clarification of the Motu Proprio?

Let us pray that the clarification is not more ambiguity that has been linked with the Church for the past 40 years.

Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful!

Cruise the Groove. said...

It would be very good for the clarification to mandate, after an adequate period of preparation, perhaps a year, for all Catholic parishes that offer the Novus Ordo every Sunday, to also offer the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday.
After all, they are both the rites of the Latin Church and exist together equally.

Anonymous said...

I am suprised by the negative reactions here. Regardless of Romans 3.8, the recent negative actions of the Pope are consolation prizes for the liberals. This is politics, like it or not, right or wrong.

Obviously, the clarification will FORTIFY S.P.; otherwise, he would not even bother to issue it. Worried? Not a whit.

If it is to be signed on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, that Feast celebrates the AUTHORITY of the Pope as Successor of St. Peter. So this suggests very strongly that the Pope will fortify and extend the terms of the apostolic letter. What is coming is good. We need only wonder how good it will be.

I am hoping that he will explain juridically the full meaning of Article 1: the T.L.M. "MUST [emphasis added] be honoured for its venerable and ancient usage". Not may but MUST. Not an option--and not just some pious platitude.

If this is a norm at law and if one cannot honour something that is not expressed, the question becomes how many Masses must be offered to fufil the norm. I have argued cogently that this will mean a MINIMUM of the T.L.M. every Sunday and holyday of obligation in each diocese PLUS others as requested by local parish groups under Article 5. That, friends, is what is coming: one every-Sunday T.L.M. in each diocese even if not one soul asks for it, plus others in accordance with requests from groups in parishes.

Under Pastor Æternus and the principle of subsidiarity, this is all the duty of the local bishop. But when the local bishop lacks the resources or manpower to fulfil a norm at law, the duty to fulfil it falls to the higher authority. It is not just a power of the Pope derived from his immediate and universal authority; it is a DUTY he is morally obliged to fulfil. I expect that we shall see a Delagature or Pontifical Council which has the authority to send in priests to offer Masses 'di imperio'. In other words, if a local bisbop claims that he just can't manage the minimum of T.L.M.s every Sunday and holyday, the Holy See will simply send in a priest (whenever reasonably possible) and direct parish priests to admit the coming celebrant and open the church for him to offer Mass at a specific hour, cancelling other activities to do so when need be. Rome would essentially choose an appropriate venue or send a priest where a request from a cœtus had been lodged.

Of course, in a great many places, neither the local bishop nor Rome would have the manpower or other means to fulfil the legal norm in the near term. But that means that the local bishop does still have an ordinary duty to see to this, and he must be aware that Rome could send a priest at any time. Gradually, over time, and thanks to the spread of the F.S.S.P. and I.C.R., the means to offer such Masses will reach the darkest corners of Central Africa. What I expect, then, is a formula to normalise our Mass over time in each and every diocese on the planet earth, including all those in Africa and India.


Anonymous said...

Cruise the Groove:

Your suggestion is mad and is the sort of thing that gets us all labelled as a bunch of nutcases.

The two Masses are NOT equal at law. They are equally licit and priests have a general right to offer both, but the New Mass is the normative Mass of the Latin Church, as several recent documents have specified. I may not like that fact and nor do you but it is a fact nonetheless. If you think for five minutes that this Pope will make the number of our Masses equal to the number of New Masses, you are either taking narcotics or you are living in a dream world. There are presently more than 5,000 New Masses in the world for every T.L.M. How, I ask, do you propose to force most of the world's priests to learn our Mass? Haven't you been paying attention in class today? What have you been smoking? Priests have a right to say our Mass, not a duty to offer it. Have you read S.P.?

I have a fairly good handle on the numbers, which I have been tabulating for the the last twenty or thirty years, not that that should count for anything. It would probably take us at least twenty yaers just to get ONE T.L.M. into each of the 3,000 + dioceses in this world. We need to 'get real'. Our task is to get a minimum of one per see and more where the demand for them exists. You can't just generate demand out of thin air. Wake up and stop talking nonsense.


Anonymous said...

Dear 'Hope Springs Eternal':

I agree with you entirely. That is why I think that the Pope will make provision for the Holy See to send in priests when local bishops claim (usually lying) that they lack the means to offer our Mass. Please see my longer post on this.

I suspect that what is coming is wonderful. If it is to be issued on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, it will likely engage the Pope's authority as Universal Pastor. Get ready for something marvellous.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Perkins, just a quick question. Do you see any possibility of a connection between the pending clarification of Summorum Pontificum and the creation of a universal traditional ordinariate?

Many thanks.


Anonymous said...

Dear Giles:

What an excellent question you pose. This matter has exercised me for many years, and I have been writng about it on-line since 1997.

There are several possibilties. Given the Holy See's current orientations, one of them goes like this:

1. Given the principle established in Article 1 of S.P., the clarification will stipulate that, as a norm at law, there must be a minimum of one T.L.M. in each diocese, to be offered every Sunday and holyday, plus others in accordance with requests of groups of faithful as per Article 5 of S.P. This means at least one every-Sunday & holyday Mass even where NOT ONE SOUL has requested it. The T.L.M. is not only for those who are attached to it; it is a treasure for all the faithful.

2. Bishpos are required to take reasonable steps to fulfil this norm.

3. When bishops are unable or unwilling to do so, it falls to the Holy See to do it, given the Pope's universal & immediate authority: authority pertains not only to rights but also to duties. Under the principle of subsidiarity, when the lower authority cannot fulfil a duty, it becomes the duty of the higher authority to do so.

4. A Pontifical Council "Summorum Pontificum" will replace the "Ecclesia Dei" Pontifical Commission. It will have the authority 'di imperio' to regulate all celebrations of the T.L.M. and to send priests to parishes to fulfil the norm after the local bishop has been unable to do so for a certain specified period.

5. The clarification could direct that, given the petition of a certain number of faithful, at least one personal parish for the T.L.M. be created in each diocese. Not at most one; but at least one.

Such an arrangement would not be as good as a universal particular church (or else a personal ordinariate) for tradition but it would be one way to 'get around' bishops who either do not care about the T.L.M. or actively oppose it. The foregoing is definitely not my preference but it would deliver at least the most important benefits.

The step after this is for Rome to make public and at law the finding that S.S.P.X Masses fulfil the Sunday and holyday obligation. Rome already admits this privately and has doen so since 2002. Trust me, that admission is a preparation for more. It is coming.


Cruise the Groove. said...

"This means at least one every-Sunday & holyday Mass even where NOT ONE SOUL has requested it. The T.L.M. is not only for those who are attached to it; it is a treasure for all the faithful."

Mr Perkins,
The one TLM per diocese is a good thing, especially in those diocese that do not have the Mass at all, but there are very many diocese that are extremely large and some diocese. like Maine USA, that are made up of only one diocese.
This one Mass per diocese, again would be good, especially for those that live near the parish that offers the Church, but there are many faithful who want the TLM or whom it would benefit greatly to be exposed to the TLM, who could not possibly drive the great distances that it would require to get to the parish,and as you say quite rightly the "TLM, is a treasure for all the faithful,not those just attached to it", it would make a lot of sense to offer the Mass in many parishes within a diocese so the faithful could actually in reality drive there.
After all our Faith is not about quota's and numbers,and statistics, but about salvation.

If you give parish priests a year to learn the TLM, it would be more than an adequate period of time to prepare themselves and the faithful for this Mass.

craig said...

In the spirit of Fr. Zuhlsdorf's call for suggestions, I made a list of ten things I'd like to see.

1. Instruction on the proper celebration of both the OF and the EF is mandatory for all seminarians of the Latin Rite, and should also be made available yearly to active priests.

2. All new construction or modification to parishes shall ensure that both the OF and EF may be celebrated properly according to rubrics. In particular, all plans must provide for celebration ad orientem and the reception of Holy Communion while kneeling.

3. Reception of Holy Communion while kneeling is to be considered the norm for the Latin Rite. In order to prevent abuses, this applies equally whether Communion is given in the hand or on the tongue. Parishes that have previously removed altar rails are to reinstall them within two years; parishes constructed without same are to install them within seven years.

4. No territorial parish may preclude celebration according to either the Ordinary or the Extraordinary Forms as a matter of policy. Territorial parishes are to honor, to the maximum extent possible, all requests that special (i.e., wedding or funeral) masses be said in a particular form.

5. Within two years, all dioceses are to celebrate at least one regularly-scheduled EF mass on Sundays and holy days.

6. Any pastor of a territorial parish may, at his discretion, schedule one regular EF mass to be said on Sundays and holy days without any requirement to justify the presence of a stable group. Any EF mass so scheduled is not to result in the OF not being offered at all on those same days.

7. (This one is derived from someone else's suggestion at WTDPRS) January 1st will be the feast of the Circumcision, but will no longer be a Holy Day of Obligation. The feasts of Epiphany, Ascension, and Annunciation (replacing the solemnity of Mary Mother of God) are to be celebrated on their proper days without relocation, and are to be holy days of obligation. Christians who traditionally give gifts at Christmastide are encouraged to do so anytime from Christmas to Epiphany.

8. All priests and deacons present shall assist with the distribution of Holy Communion; the abuse of laity distributing Holy Communion where priests and deacons present do not distribute, is reprobated.

9. The prescribed fast prior to receiving Holy Communion is to be extended to two hours, so that those persons unable or not properly disposed to receive may not be coerced.

10. Scripture readings in the EF may be read/sung either in Latin or in an approved translation.