Thursday, June 28, 2007

How's your Latin?

Another raft of stories on the triumphal return of Tridentine liturgy is out today. All the stories claim the document has already been signed and will probably be released before the pope goes on vacation July 9.

All I can say is: For those who thought the liturgy was bad now, wait until you see some priest trying to pronounce Latin. I guess we'll find out which kind people like better.

This is a big mistake. Period. It's a usurpation of the local bishop's authority over the liturgy in his diocese. And there is hardly any great pastoral need being left unfulfilled. Maybe the document will spontaneously burst into flame.

Or maybe we'll find out the Tridentine liturgy is not as popular as some think it is.



At 9:44 AM, Blogger John D. Enright said...

"Usurpation" is a wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another. The Pope, however, enjoys immediate and universal ordinary jurisdiction over the entire Church in accordance with Canon 331. By definition, he cannot usurp the authority of any bishop.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger CtotheL said...

Just because the pope can do something doesn't mean he should. He may universal jurisdiction, but that doesn't guarantee universal prudence. And in this case, it is prudence that he lacks.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger John D. Enright said...

You apparently accept the notion that the Pope is within his rights to allow greater freedom for Tridentine Mass. I accept the premise that the Pope should act prudently. Where is the problem?

The Pope has not abolished the Novus Ordum. Having greater choices in how to worship seem, at least to me, a better option. If you don't like the Tridentine liturgy, don't attend a Mass said according to that formula.

I doubt that the Motu Proprio allowing the Tridentine Mass will have much of an impact on Catholics. I will probably continue to attend Mass ala Pope Paul VI. Nevertheless, I might attend a Tridentine Mass once in a while for posterity's sake.

The Motu Proprio will do no harm at all.


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