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Traditionis Custodes – The End of the New Beginning?

While I have always argued for freedom to engage in either the old or the revised ritual, this is definitely more restrictive than under Pope Benedict XVI. I hope we can keep peace in the Church.

Article 1 – The revised Missal under St. Paul VI and St. John Paul II are given preference as the unique (Vatican II) expression of the “lex orandi” of the Roman Rite. Okay.

Article 2 – The local diocesan bishop has exclusive authority to permit or forbid the use of the 1962 Missal. Ouch.

Article 3 – If the old Mass is currently permitted in a diocese . . .

  • Groups desiring it must not deny the validity and legitimacy of liturgy reforms. Okay, this is good.
  • Bishops are “to take care not to authorize the establishment of new groups.” Oh my . . . hoping it will die out?
  • The old Mass is restricted to one or more locations for celebration but not parochial (parish) churches and without new personal parishes. Oh my goodness, I can hear the screaming and hollering already!
  • Even the particular days for when the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII may be celebrated must be designated and must use currently approved vernacular readings. This infers that it will not necessarily be daily.
  • The priest who would say the old Mass must be delegated by the bishop and all such priests must be appointed or approved by the bishop to offer it. That is going to upset a number of guys!

I suspect many of my friends feel hurt and betrayed today. I do not know why we had to have these changes, but we need humility and we need to pray for healing in the Church.

3 Responses

  1. Dear Father,In your article you mentioned we need humility but how do we practice humility in this time ?

    FATHER JOE: The same as always. We may not understand but we acknowledge the authority of the Pope and bishops and then submit, even in tears, in obedience to divine providence . . . “not my will but Thy will be done.”

  2. Warnings certainly from Fatima – – – New York Cardinal certainly not what he seems is he? Or perhaps he’s exactly what he seems to be.
    Our Lady warned that “Priests must be Holy” . . . . some, probably the many certainly are, but there’s a den of homosexuality barely hidden these days, and it’s like a cancer within. It will take a massive shift to get me back to something that I can trust. St Georges, here, even charged £150 for a funeral – how long has that been going on? Can’t be long now till the Second Coming surely. Paul

  3. Hi Father, This is a question unrelated to the topic. I’m divorced and remarried. Last I remember I can’t receive communion since I remarried. My ex-wife however, who initiated the divorce can receive as long as she doesn’t remarry. Is that correct? I appreciate your help.

    FATHER JOE: If she has gone to confession about the divorce, then yes, what you assert would seem to be the case. I would still urge you to go to Mass.

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