H/T to Rorate Caeli for this letter of the bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro in Italy to the Pope regarding Summorum Pontificum. I didn`t know telegrams still existed! However I thought this was a touching letter. I wonder if there have been any like it from this country? All we seem to have had, apart from silence, are a couple of extremely restrictive interpretations.
Motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum”
Telegram sent by our Bishop Luigi to the Holy Father Benedict XVI
Most Blessed Father,The Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, together with its Pastor, has received with gratitude and responsibility the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum", recognizing in the directives proposed by Your Holiness a wider possibility for the education of the Christian people towards a faith which becomes truly a part of the person and a living presence in the entire society.
Our Diocese has not been able but to feel sorry for the persistent silence of many in the Catholic world which seems to reveal at least discomfort, if not distance, from Your directives, and cannot refrain from indicating as a source of concern the taking of public positions which have sounded problematic in comparison with the Magisterium of Your Holiness.Your Holiness, our Diocese is small but has always been unconditionally faithful to the person and to the Magisterium of the Successor of Peter.
We trust therefore that this our faithfulness, which we have willed to express with this gesture, may comfort You in Your service. We only ask for us the Apostolic Blessing.
Pennabilli, 15 December 2007.
+ Mons. Luigi NegriBishop of San Marino-Montefeltro