Pope Francis’ Traditionis Custodes: Five Consequences of the New Motu Proprio Curtailing the Latin Mass| National Catholic Register

Where there is incense there is fire, at least when it comes to Catholics clashing over the liturgy. There was clashing aplenty today, with Pope Francis abolishing the chief liturgical initiative of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Pope Francis intends that there will be rather less incense, at least of the extraordinary type. Pope Francis took “the firm decision to abrogate all the norms, instructions, permissions and customs” issued by St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI regarding the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” often called the “Traditional Latin Mass” using the Roman Missal of 1962 promulgated by St. John XXIII. Pope Francis hopes to foster the unity of the Church by this decision. That is unlikely to happen immediately, as those who were grateful to Benedict XVI for allowing any priest to celebrate the Extraordinary Form in his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, will be disappointed, likely gravely so, that Pope Francis has completely reversed Benedict’s liturgical legislation.  The earthquake of the motu proprio today may explain, in retrospect, why the Vatican observations of the recent 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were so muted, despite such an anniversary never having occurred before in the entire history of the Church. It cannot be that this decision is anything other than a bitter pill for Benedict to swallow.

Pope Francis’ Traditionis Custodes: Five Consequences of the New Motu Proprio Curtailing the Latin Mass| National Catholic Register

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