It’s official!

RORATE CaeIi: OFFICIAL

A meeting took place yesterday afternoon at the Vatican, presided by the Cardinal Secretary of State, in which the content and the spirit of the expected “Motu proprio” of the Holy Father on the use of the Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962 were explained to the representatives of several episcopal conferences. The Holy Father came to greet those who were present and maintained a profound discussion with them for about one hour. The publication of the document – which will be accompanied by a thorough personal letter of the Holy Father to the singular Bishops – is predicted for within a few days, when the document itself will be sent to all Bishops with the indication of its successive coming into effect.

To translate the bureaucratese: Wide Permission for use of the Tridentine Mass is about to be granted.

As intriguing as this may be, it’s full effect won’t be known for a while. Many parishes simply aren’t set up for this mass any more. St Ann’s in Wilmington (where I attend) doesn’t have room on the other side of the altar for the priest to stand. Some sort of stand would have to be constructed for the priest to be ad orientem. (He’s not facing away from the people, as such; he’s joining the people in facing and praying to God.) Many parishes aren’t set up for this, parishes that are may have pastors who have little interest in performing this liturgy, and many priests, unfortunately, don’t know the Latin well enough to say it effectively anyway.

I’m not sure that I would attend a Tridentine Mass regularly anyway. I like the Mass in English. I like knowing what’s going on. (I have been to a Tridentine Mass twice and was completely lost both times.) Hopefully, there will be catechetical efforts so that those us post-Vatican II Catholics can learn about the Tridentine Mass and how to appreciate it.

(Idle thought: would this make the Tridentine the “new” Mass?)

Hat Tip: Lair of the Catholic Cavemen

3 thoughts on “It’s official!

  1. It ain’t official until it’s released. I’ve been hearing “soon” for literally months.

    I agree that most altars are not oriented for Tridentine mass but disagree that most priests don’t know the Latin well enough. Most of them are very well versed (the ones I’ve met anyway)

    When you went, was it low mass or high mass?

    Your “idle thought” is inspired. It’s supremely inside baseball which makes it even funnier.

  2. But this is the first time we’ve had an official statement acknowledging that release was imminent. Plus, we just heard the date of 7/7/07 for its release. I think your skepticism is warranted, but I’m expecting to finally happen.

  3. But this is the first time we’ve had an official statement acknowledging that release was imminent. Plus, we just heard the date of 7/7/07 for its release. I think your skepticism is warranted, but I’m expecting to finally happen.

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