RORATE CÆLI: Op-Ed: “The Enemies of Summorum Pontificum Want War!”

As we have known since the Pope’s appearance at the Italian Bishops’ Conference on Pentecost Monday, the new text will limit the ability of diocesan priests to celebrate the traditional liturgy. In addition, measures will be taken to encourage priests of Ecclesia Dei communities to also celebrate the new Mass and to include this new Mass and the conciliar magisterium as a whole in the formation of the seminaries of these communities. A second part of the Paix Liturgique Letter is under the subheading: “Liturgical reform advocates have become aware of the importance of the tradition-oriented world.” Central to this section is also the observation, already shared here several times, that tradition-oriented communities constitute some of the few areas of the Church where there is growth, while “conciliar” structures are in partial free-fall. Noteworthy is Paix Liturgique’s observation that a Roman group is leading here, openly professing the hermeneutic of rupture and assuming that the old and new Masses represent two incompatible stages of doctrine. The third section, “Doves and Hawks,” tries to take a look at the internal Roman front, which is no longer as clear-cut as it might have seemed a few years ago. Even among the “modernists” there is growing opposition to the chaotic administration of the present pontiff, and even among those who are committed to the reformed liturgy there are voices that—considering the present unstable situation—warn against opening a new battle line in the fight against the traditionalists. The fourth and final part, “A front of refusal is preparing itself,” states:

RORATE CÆLI: Op-Ed: “The Enemies of Summorum Pontificum Want War!”

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