Benedict XVI: Some Italian bishops attack Summorum Pontificum and want to erase his pontificate.
(Rome) At the autumn plenary assembly of the Italian Bishops' Conference an attempt was made to torpedo the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI. This was reported by the traditional website Messa in Latino.
In the two Romance states bordering on the Mediterranean, Spain and Italy, there is still an understanding of close ties with Rome. It is true that in these countries, especially Spain, there were far greater concerns about the liturgical reform of 1969-70 than in the German-speaking world. 6,000 Spanish priests asked the Pope for a dispensation from the liturgical reform and permission to continue celebrating in the traditional form of the Roman rite. As Pope Paul VI. uninterrupted, continued the liturgical reform and rejected the request, the clergy submitted obediently. Since then, tradition in these countries has found it particularly difficult to gain a foothold. Obvious "deviations" are not desired. So far in a condensed and much shortened form the historical context.
Archbishop Radaelli's attack
Archbishop Carlo Roberto Maria Radaelli of Gorizia, a canon lawyer trained at the Gregoriana, allegedly said in the plenary session of the bishops, Pope Paul VI. had abolished the Missal Romanum of Pope John XXIII. of 1962, according to which the Ecclesia Dei communities celebrate. This is the opposite of what Pope Benedict XVI. stated in the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and made it the law of the universal Church.
According to Radaelli, therefore, the legal premises were wrong, among those enacted by Benedict XVI. in Summorum Pontificum. The motu proprio is therefore null and void as far as the alleged continuity is concerned, that is, the continued existence of the traditional rite in the form of 1962. Summorum Pontificum was a legal nonsense and therefore the "Tridentine" liturgy was not restored legitimately. In short: According to Archbishop Radaelli, the motu proprio has no legal validity, which is why there is no "freeing" of the traditional rite, as Benedict XVI. wanted and ordered.
The Archbishop of Gorizia's remarks are the most far-reaching attack on the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum since Pope Benedict XVI's unexpected resignation. The German writer Martin Mosebach formulated the tough verdict in the spring of 2013: if anything at all about the pontificate of Benedict XVI. will remain, it will only be Summorum Pontificum. In other words, the attack on Summorum Pontificum wants the total annihilation of the pontificate of the eighth and for the time being, last German Pope.
Behind this is the desire of those bishops who are the most hostile to the traditional rite, ignoring requests from the faithful for Mass locations, and even eliminating the Mass sites that have emerged since September 14, 2007.
The legal claims of Archbishop Radaelli can easily be refuted by reference to Paul VI.’ self-granted Indult. In the same way it can just as easily be proved that the continuity of the traditional rite was preserved, since it was always celebrated, that is, by no means abolished. Rather Radaelli's attack document the hostility that exists in parts of the Church against the traditional form of the Roman Rite and ultimately against Pope Benedict XVI. and his pontificate.
In addition to Radaelli, Luigi Girardi, the rector of the Institute for Pastoral Liturgy based at the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua, also spoke up. Andrea Grillo, the progressive house liturgist of Pope Francis, who attacked only in June 2018 Summorum Pontificum also teaches there. The institute is a center of the liturgical "aggiornamento" and thus postconciliar liturgical experiments and aberrations.
Girardi is convinced that from the pastoral point of view Summorum Pontificum is "harmful" because it contradicts the will of the Council Fathers. According to Girardi, these would have demanded a radical change of the Missal. The opposite can be inferred from the Council Constitution Sarosanctum Concilium, as to whether the necessary consent to this were given.
The attack against Summorum Pontificum may not have happened spontaneously, as an Apulian bishop whose name is not known spoke in the same vein, and also Bishop Franco Giulio Brambilla of Novara. Brambilla belonged in 1989 to the signatories of the Italian version of the Cologne Declaration against Pope John Paul II by the moral theologian Bernhard Häring (see also: Pope Francis and Bernhard Häring).
Both Radaelli and Brambilla were raised by Benedict XVI. to their respective episcopal chairs.
"The Excellencies" who "worry" about changing traditions such as the Gloria and the Lord's Prayer - such a decision was taken at the autumn meeting, even though no one from among the people would have asked or felt a need - "but do not waste time analyzing the true reasons for the crisis of faith,” says the traditional website Messa in Latino. The introdiction by Pope Benedict XVI., however, to change the translation of the words of consecration of per multis from "for all" to "for many" has not implemented by the Italian bishops until today. Of liturgical sensitivity, or even sensitivity to the sensitivity of traditional faithful, which should be expected in bishops is little felt by the hierarchy. Even the scandal of "horrible episodes of homosexual abuse and pederasty," has not moved the majority of the bishops and on the evils of clerical homosexuality there is nothing.
"The case of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the hatred of the traditional form of the Roman rite is a clear example of a mad frenzy of shipwrecking, trying to overturn even the few seaworthy craft in the Church instead of climbing aboard or building more." says Messa in Latino.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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