Monday, July 29, 2013

Now we go down into the dark

Remember that sense of pervading doom and depression I had at the Conclave?

the Franciscans of the Immaculate are one of the most flourishing religious communities born in the Catholic Church in recent decades, with male and female branches, with many young vocations, spread over several continents and with a mission in Argentina as well.

... a core group of internal dissidents... appealed to the Vatican authorities complaining of the excessive propensity of their congregation to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite, with the effect of creating exclusion and opposition within the communities, of undermining internal unity and, worse, of weakening the more general "sentire cum Ecclesia."

The Vatican authorities responded by sending an apostolic visitor one year ago. And now comes the appointment of the commissioner.

But what is most astonishing are the last five lines of the decree of July 11:

"In addition to the above, the Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is required to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite and that, if the occasion should arise,

the use of the extraordinary form (Vetus Ordo) must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities,

for every religious and/or community that makes the request.”

The astonishment stems from the fact that what is decreed contradicts the dispositions given by Benedict XVI, which for the celebration of the Mass in the ancient rite “sine populo" demand no previous request for authorization whatsoever.


Childermass said...

The Empire strikes back.

I wish they'd disobey. The Holy See doesn't have the authority to forbid the ancient Roman rite. Full-stop.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

I'm afraid they most emphatically do.

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Gerald said...

Apologies. I didn't know I was signed into the wrong Google account.

The pope has the authority to forbid the ancient liturgy only if one is an ultramontanist. The power, yes; but not the moral or divine authority. I think it's clear that Pope Benedict thought this. He issued Summorum Pontificum to rectify what he clearly considered an abuse of papal authority.

If a Bergoglio crackdown on the traditional liturgy takes place, Catholics would be morally justified in resisting. At least, that's been the consensus among the "Remnant" set for years.

But if that doesn't work, perhaps the friars could offer to have the celebrant, deacon and subdeacon wave and sway to a pop tune during the recessional at their Masses. Nothing like evoking fond memories of WYD 2013 to sweeten the disposition...

Anonymous said...

Maybe God is allowing this to truly test the FI. Father Pio needed to be tested.


Anonymous said...

All things are permitted in the Nu Church except the Old Rite!