Deo Gratias!

The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum concerning the Traditional Mass has been Published.

Quid retribuam Domino pro omnibus quae retribuit mihi? Calicem salutaris accipiam, et nomen Domini invocabo. Laudans invocabo Dominum, et ab inimicis meis salvus ero.

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising will I call upon the Lord and I shall be saved from my enemies.

— from the ordinary of the Traditional Mass, and recited by the Priest after receiving the Sacred Host, before receiving the Precious Blood.

The text of this long-awaited document must be analyzed in posts to follow. But I wanted to publish early news of it here, and also to offer public praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His kindness and mercy. This is the answer to so many prayers of so many Catholics who have waited so long for vindication of the traditional practice of the Catholic Faith.

The tide has turned.

May the Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints intercede for the Holy Father, for the Church, and for us, that the implementation of this decree will be accomplished according to the will of God and for the good of His Church.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!

For now, Fr. Zuhlsdorf has commentary and the text, as does Rorate Caeli, which also has the English of the Holy Father’s explanatory letter. Update: New Liturgical Movement also has some insightful commentary– especially consider Articles 3 and 6.

Praise God, pray for the Holy Father, and pray that this Motu Proprio will work in the way God thinks best for the good of the Bride of Christ.

Also, since for some inexplicable reason only the legal portion of the Motu has been translated officially into English, the USCCB has an English translation of the introductory paragraphs as well here. Note that this is NOT the official English translation, but is given so that some sense of the introductory paragraphs can be had. The links further above have the official translation of the juridical part.

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And, the good news just keeps on coming! With yet another tip to the invaluable Rorate Caeli, from the Holy See’s Press Office:

NOTICE TO JOURNALISTS

Journalists are informed that on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, the Document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Responses to Questions concerning some aspects of the Doctrine on the Church” will be made public. (The text – in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish – will be available to journalists from 9.00 [Rome], under embargo until 12 [noon] of the same day.)

And what will these responses concern? If reports are accurate, nothing less than that the use of the term “subsists” (“subsistit”) in Lumen Gentium means is. As in, the Church of Christ IS the Catholic Church. Read more here.

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Because one of the stated reasons for issuing the Motu Proprio, according to the Holy Father, is to address the irregular situation of the Society of St. Pius X, here for your information, via dici.org, is the statement released by Bishop Fellay concerning Summorum Pontificum:

Press Release from the General Superior of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X

By the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI has reinstated the Tridentine Mass in its rights, and clearly affirmed that the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint Pius V had never been abrogated. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X rejoices to see the Church thus regain her liturgical Tradition, and give the possibility of a free access to the treasure of the Traditional Mass for the glory of God, the good of the Church and the salvation of souls, to the priests and faithful who had so far been deprived of it. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X extends its deep gratitude to the Sovereign Pontiff for this great spiritual benefit.

The letter which accompanies the Motu Proprio does not hide however the difficulties that still remain. The Society of Saint Pius X wishes that the favorable climate established by the new dispositions of the Holy See will make it possible – after the decree of excommunication which still affects its bishops has been withdrawn – to consider more serenely the disputed doctrinal issues.

Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law of the liturgy is that of the faith. In the fidelity to the spirit of our founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the attachment of the Society of Saint Pius X to the traditional liturgy is inseparably united to the faith which has been professed “always, everywhere and by all.”

Menzingen, July 7, 2007
Bishop Bernard Fellay

As always, prayer is the surest means to bring our hearts, minds and souls into conformity with the will of God. Today, let us praise and thank Him for His abundant love and mercy!