…but I nearly keeled over when I read the following headline at its website today:
Pope Approves Wider Use of Latin Mass
Well, it is the case that it is jumping the gun just a little bit, but what is confirmed by the Vatican press office is that the Pope did in fact have that meeting yesterday that confirmed the Motu Proprio to the Bishops and that the MP WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!
Here is the story in full from Rorate Caeli
, who should get full marks for this, as for many other sober and reliable updates during the protracted season of motu
A meeting took place yesterday afternoon at the Vatican, presided by the Cardinal Secretary of State, in which the content and the spirit of the expected “Motu proprio” of the Holy Father on the use of the Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962 were explained to the representatives of several episcopal conferences. The Holy Father came to salute those who were present and maintained a deep discussion with them for about one hour. The publication of the document – which will be accompanied by a thorough personal letter of the Holy Father to the singular Bishops – is predicted for within a few days, when the document itself will be sent to all Bishops with the indication of its successive coming into effect.
And now, from that Post-Dispatch article (via AP, of course) with the usual inaccuracies as to what the Mass really is, but firmly stating that the document is a done deal:
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that relaxes restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass used by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries until the modernizing reforms of the 1960s, the Vatican said Thursday.
Benedict discussed the decision with top officials in a meeting on Wednesday and the document will be published in the next few days, the statement said. The meeting was called to “illustrate the content and the spirit” of the document, which will be sent to all bishops accompanied by a personal letter from the pope.
Some cardinals and bishops, particularly in France – where Lefebvre’s group is strong – have objected publicly to any liberalizing of the old rite, saying its broader use could lead to divisions within the church, and could imply a rejection of other Vatican II teachings.
In a recent document, Benedict urged seminarians and the faithful alike to learn Latin prayers, and in the 1997 book “Salt of the Earth” he said it was “downright indecent” for people who are still attached to the old rite to be denied it.
“I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it,” then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said. “It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that.”
Full story at the Post-Dispatch link, above.
Well, I can say that the champagne is thoroughly chilled.
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis,
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.