Friday 29 June 2007

Official - Communique of the Holy See Press Office

A meeting took place yesterday afternoon at the Vatican, presided by the Cardinal Secretary of State, in which the content and the spirit of the expected "Motu proprio" of the Holy Father on the use of the Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962 were explained to the representatives of several episcopal conferences. The Holy Father came to greet those who were present and maintained a profound discussion with them for about one hour. The publication of the document - which will be accompanied by a thorough personal letter of the Holy Father to the singular Bishops - is predicted for within a few days, when the document itself will be sent to all Bishops with the indication of its successive coming into effect.

Thursday 28 June 2007

Motu Proprio for the liberalisation of the Classical Roman Rite to be released on 7 July?

Various reports are now surfacing that at a meeting of a selection of world Bishops held in Rome on Wednesday 27 June 2007, Secretary of State, Tarcisio Card. Bertone introduced the text of the Motu Proprio for the liberalisation of the Classical Roman Rite to the assembled Bishops.

The Holy Father later attended the meeting.

The Motu Proprio is reported to be 3 pages in length and the Holy Father's accompanying letter 4 pages.

It is reported that publication will take place on 7 July 2007.


Saturday 2 June 2007

Organic development of liturgy in continuity with Tradition

"Unfortunately, the theological necessity for a continuity in the underlying doctrine and structure of the celebration of the Mass in its preconciliar and post conciliar forms had undergone a rupture or break with Tradition. That is what we are dealing with today. The Second Vatican Council clearly called for some modest reforms in the liturgy, but it intended them to be organic and clearly in continuity with the past. The Old Rite becomes a living treasure of the Church and also should provide a standard of worship, of mystery, and of catechesis toward which the celebrations of the Novus Ordo must move. In other words, the Tridentine Mass is the missing link. And unless it be re-discovered in all its faithful truth and beauty, the Novus Ordo will not respond to the organic growth and change that has characterized the liturgy from its beginning. This is what should be prompting many of us to the founding of a new liturgical movement which will be able to give back to the liturgy its sacramental and supernatural character, and awaken in us a faithful understanding of the Catholic Liturgy."

- Appointed Fr. Michael John Zielinski O.S.B. Oliv., abbot of the abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pecos, U.S.A., as vice-president of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church and of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology