Motu proprio: the new rule

Believing that some of the faithful took advantage of the possibility of celebrating Mass in the extraordinary form to consider that Vatican Council II had “ betrayed Tradition and the “true Church” “, Pope Francis canceled the effects of the motu proprio” Summorum pontificum “promulgated by Benedict XVI in 2007 and which, at the time, had given satisfaction to traditionalist Catholics.

The motu proprio of 2007 allowed the faithful wishing the mass according to the rite in use before the Vatican Council II to be able to benefit from it, on condition of representing a stable group. They had to ask for authorization from the parish priest, who had to accept or find a solution. In case of conflict, it was up to the bishop to decide, in favor of the faithful.

Pope Francis drastically limits the celebration according to the extraordinary form

Drastic conditions

In this new decision, Pope Francis still authorizes the celebration of Mass according to the old rite, under several drastic conditions:

– The use of pre-conciliar books is not prohibited, but it is subject to the “ exclusive jurisdiction »Authorization by the bishop of the diocese in question. Insisting on the need for unity within the Church, the Pope asks that the group of faithful asking for Mass in the old rite do not deny the validity and legitimacy of the liturgical reform of Vatican II and of the magisterium of popes.

– Readings should be done in the vernacular.

Tensions are easing between traditionalists and dioceses

– The Pope also asks that this Mass be celebrated in one or more places defined by the bishop in the diocese, without these places being ” parish churches and without setting up new personal parishes “. The bishop will have to designate a priest “ responsible for these celebrations and for the pastoral care of these groups of the faithful “. This will have, among other things, ” to know the use of the Roman missal prior to the reform of 1970, to have a sufficient knowledge of the Latin language, (…) to be animated by a lively pastoral charity and a sense of ecclesial communion.

In traditionalist circles, “incomprehension” dominates after the motu proprio of Pope Francis

– Priests not designated by the bishop wishing to celebrate according to the extraordinary rite must ask him for his authorization. In the case of newly ordained priests, the Vatican itself should be consulted. The celebration of the Mass in the Tridentine rite will be strictly supervised by the bishop, who will ensure that these offices do not harm the unity of the Church and are ” effective for spiritual growth Of the faithful concerned.


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