Monday, November 05, 2007

Interview with Cardinal Ricard

I was interested to see this interview on Catholic World news today. In the course of it we find:

Touching on another issue that roused considerable controversy within the French hierarchy during the past year, the cardinal said that the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum had "caused more anxiety before its appearance than after." He claimed that the French bishops have heard few requests for the use of the old Latin liturgy, but when such requests do come, the French bishops will respond properly. "All the dioceses of France welcomed this motu proprio," he reported, and are prepared to accommodate the traditional Latin Mass.

Why should the bishops of France have had any requests for the old Latin liturgy? The decision to celebrate the EF now lies in the hands of parish priests. There is no need to ask the permission of the bishop. When will the penny drop?

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