The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on the Latin Liturgy of July 7th 2007 is the fruit of a deep reflection by our Pope on the mission of the Church. It is not up to us, who wear ecclesiastical purple and red, to draw this into question, to be disobedient and make the motu proprio void by our own little, tittle rules. Even not if they were made by a bishops conference. Even bishops do not have this right. What the Holy Father says, has to be obeyed in the Church. If we do not follow this principle, we will allow ourselves to be used as instruments of the devil, and nobody else. This will lead to discord in the Church, and slows down her mission. We do not have the time to waste on this. Else we behave like emperor Nero, fiddling on his violin while Rome was burning. The churches are emptying, there are no vocations, the seminaries are empty. Priests become older and older, and young priests are scarce"
Friday, October 12, 2007
The following quotation, attributed to archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome has been appearing on the blogosphere. It comes from a conference in the Netherlands he was attending and is a response to the bishops who have offered rather restrictive interpretations of what the Motu Proprio is about. Reluctance to be as generous as Pope Benedict intends is compared to doing the work of the devil. I include it here because I know that not everyone who reads this blog reads the blogs where it has been posted. It is a remarkable quotation. Coupled with the news that the Ecclesia Dei commission in Rome, which oversees the implementation of the use of the 1962 missal, is preparing a document to respond to queries that have arisen over the Motu Proprio it seems that more excitement lies ahead. Hat tip to the NLM blog.