Cardinal Müller ordained a monk from Le Barroux as a priest in the traditional rite.
[katholisches] Two well-known cardinals have offered the priestly ordination in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages during these months. Cardinal George Pell consecrated two Benedictines from Nursia and Cardinal Gerhard Müller one Benedictine from Le Barroux. Both consecrations are a signal to want to defend the Rite and the communities associated with it against the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes. A new website also provides up-to-date information on the effects of Traditionis Custodes on the dioceses. An initial balance can be drawn.
Cardinal George Pell, innocent [?, not exactly], sprung from an Australian prison after thirteen months, ordained Dom Augustine Wilmeth of South Carolina and Dom Bernard Baca of Louisiana as priests in September. Both belong to the traditional Benedictine monastery of Nursia in Italy, which was founded in 2000.
Cardinal George Pell with the two monks of Nursia whom he ordained priests
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Bishop Emeritus of Regensburg and Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was dismissed "in a minute" by Pope Francis in 2017, consecrated a monk of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux in Vaucluse, France, founded in 1978 by Dom Gérard Calvet. The abbey is currently headed by Dom Louis-Marie de Geyer d'Orth.
The consecration took place a few days before the publication of Traditionis Custodes. Cardinal Müller bluntly criticized the motu proprio three days after it appeared in a comment for the US publication The Catholic Thing:
“Without the slightest empathy, one ignores the religious feelings of the - often also young people - participants in the masses according to the Missal of John XXIII. (1962). Instead of taking in the smell of the sheep, the shepherd hits them vigorously with his staff. It also seems simply unjust to abolish the celebrations of the 'old' rite just because it attracts some problematic people: abusus non tollit usum. "
The cardinal went even further and contradicted the papal interpretation of the axiom lex orandi - lex credendi (rule of prayer - rule of faith) as the uniformity of the liturgical rite. With this axiom, the Church was concerned with the substance of the sacraments, but not with the liturgical rite, of which there were several in the time of the Church Fathers.
Above all, the behavior of Francis towards the "traditionalists", who in the missal of Paul VI. refuses to measure up to his determination to put an end to the innumerable “progressive” liturgical abuses, often blasphemous. The German cardinal explicitly mentioned the "paganization of the Catholic liturgy". A "mythologization of nature, the deification of the environment and the climate as well as the spectacle of the Pachamama" are probably "rather counterproductive for the restoration and renewal of a dignified and orthodox liturgy that reflects the fullness of the Catholic faith."
The ordinations by the two cardinals Pell and Müller in the Traditional Rite can be seen as a strong symbol in defense of the Immemorial Mass and the communities associated with it.
The balance sheet for the first three months since TraditionisCustodes came into force is nevertheless sobering. In the countries where the traditional Rite is most firmly anchored, the bishops have largely kept quiet. This is not the case everywhere. The traditional rite was banned in 25 dioceses and partially banned or restricted in a further 33 dioceses.
A specially set up website Traditioniscustodes.info publishes the respective decisions in the dioceses, as far as they exist, with reference to the source. So far there have been reports from 238 dioceses. Accordingly, Traditionis Custodes has made the situation worse in every fourth diocese.
A new website uses the traffic light system to show the consequences of Traditionis Custodes in the dioceses
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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