Saturday, July 07, 2007


Well, the long expected Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum has been released and it looks good! Not only does it liberalize the use of the classical rite of the Mass but also classical rites of the other sacraments. (I hope that this will lead to a thorough revision of the new sacramental rites which are clumsy or in the case of the rite for individual Confession, virtually unworkable. Can someone tell me why every rite has to include general intercessions?) No it won't be a magic bullet into the heart of Modernism and yes individual bishops will still be able to effectively suppress the classical rite, but I believe that as Pope Benedict expects it will revitalize the sacral nature of the liturgy within the whole Latin Rite. For a more detailed commentary, see Cafeteria Gerald's cliff notes on the Motu and the Explanatory Letter.
(Photo stolen from Roman Catholic Blog.)
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