(Rome) Excluding the public opening of the 74th General A3ssembly of took place on Monday Italian bishop-kon-fe-ence instead. Pope Francis had not only addressed personnel issues in his opening speech improvised, so participants, but also a "reinterpretation" of the Motu proprio Summorum Pon-ti-fi-cum announced.
The first message concerns the statements of Pope Francis to the New-be-set-ton-gen of the prefect item of Got-tes-service-kon-gre-ga-ti-on . The second message refers to the improvised opening speech of Francis and concerns the liquidation of the Motu proprio Summorum Pon-ti-fi-cum . Corresponding Gerüch th have long been in circulation. Above all, Italian bishops is the most significant legacy of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. a thorn in the side. Understanding of the tradition was never pronounced among the bishops of the Apennine peninsula. The movement of tradition in the “land of the Pope” is not a phenomenon of popular piety, but of intellectuals.
What was said behind closed doors on Monday, reported the traditional French portal Paix Liturgique as follows :
"After the journalists had left the assembly hall, the Pope raised a subject that unites many bishops on the peninsula: the execution of Summorum Pontificum."
“Francis confirmed the imminent publication of a document that he would write to revise the motu proprio of Benedict XVI. 'to be reinterpreted'. "
The publication of this document was delayed because of objections, said Francis. Especially Cardinal Luis Ladaria SJ, prefect of Glau-ben-kon-gre-ga-ti-on , have raised concerns. Cardinal Ladaria has been responsible for the so-called Ecclesia Dei communities since June 20197 . First as chairman of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and since January 19, 2019 as Prefect of the Faith, after Pope Francis dissolved this commission and incorporated it as a department of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith .
Cardinal Ladaria and other church representatives argue, according to Pope Francis, that a restriction of Summorum Pontificum would provoke "a worldwide malaise" and an "uncontrollable opposition".
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, however, is promoting the document of a "reinterpretation". Francis named as the cornerstone:
Communities that already celebrate in the traditional form could continue to do so;
Diocesan priests, on the other hand, should receive special permission.
This would give general permission for Pope Benedict XVI. granted to all priests, withdrawn. The "reinterpretation" would be, despite all the lack of clarity in the details, a step backwards to the status of the Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei from 1988, as a traditional diocesan priest of a northern Italian archdiocese commented. It also remains unclear what hurdles new communities of tradition will face in the future in order to gain recognition and the intended special permit. It was seen as a bad sign in traditionalist circles that one of Pope Francis' closest confidants, the then newly appointed Archbishop of La Plata, Msgr. Victor Manuel Fernández, in 2019Summorum Pon-ti-fi-cum in his archdiocese eli-mi-te-neer . In the past three years, Andrea Grillo, the progressive Italian liturgist referred to as the “liturgist of the Pope”, has struck the same note several times.
"Reform for the worse"
According to the tradition also affiliated website Messa in Lati no Pope Francis got the Italian bishops, an "imminent reform" of Summorum Pontificum announced "for the worse".
“After his umpteenth warning against admitting 'rigid young people' (i.e. those who are faithful to the doctrine of the faith) in seminars, Francis announced to the bishops that he had reached the third draft of a text, the restrictive measures for celebration by Catholic priests the extraordinary form of the mass provided by Benedict XVI. has been released. "
Francis to the bishops:
"Benedict XVI. only wanted to meet the Lefebvrians with Summorum Pontificum, but today it is mainly the young priests who want to celebrate the Tridentine Mass, although they may not even understand Latin ”.
With "Lefebvrianer" Francis meant the Society of St. Pius X. (FSSPX), which was founded in 1970 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Msgr. Lefebvre was excommunicated in 1988 for unauthorized episcopal ordinations. He died in Switzerland in 1991. The excommunication has not been lifted by Rome to this day. A few days later, the episcopal ordinations resulted in the Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei of Pope John Paul II, with which Rome priests and believers met tradition and granted them a right to exist in the Church. However, the framework was tight. It was not until Pope Benedict XVI. expanded this framework in 2007 with the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum generously with the intention of keeping the church oxygenated to make it more sustainable.
According to Messa in Latino, Francis told on Monday the case of a bishop, “to whom a young priest had turned and announced his intention to celebrate in the extraordinary form. When asked if he knew Latin, the young priest told him that he was learning it. The bishop replied that it would be better if he learned Spanish or Vietnamese because there were many Latin Americans and Vietnamese in the diocese. "
Also Messa in Lati no concrete that the reintroduction would be a special permission for the celebration of the traditional rite a "step backwards". It is also unclear whether the indult mentioned by Francis should be obtained by the local bishop or even by the Vatican. This "reform" of Francis would involve a renewed "ghettoization" of priests and faithful who are connected to the traditional rite, so Messa in Lati-no :
"After Moses the Liberator, Pharaoh would return."
Messa in Lati-no also contradicts emphatically that Benedict XVI. Summorum Pon-ti-fi-cum had granted "only" to the Pius-bru-the-economy "to meet". There are a number of clear statements by the German Pope that testify otherwise. As he himself emphasized, it was his main concern that “the Church should maintain internal continuity with its past”. That is why he also said that what was previously "sacred" cannot suddenly be wrong.
Messa in Lati no quotes a priest with the words:
"It does not seem surprising to me that the bishops attack Summorum Pontificum, after all, the question of the traditional liturgy is the most serious, serious and topical problem of the Church."
As Francis spoke of a "third draft" for the said document, it is established so Messa in Lati-no , "that they are working seriously (and more recently) to limit Summorum Pontificum and de facto repeal".
“Therefore there is really cause for concern and prayer: Will Benedict XVI. say something about it? "
Text: Giuseppe di Nar- image: Avvenire (screenshot)