The Motu proprio Traditionis custodes of Pope Francis last July put a stop to the free celebration of the ancient mass in Latin, dear to traditionalists. Unlike Benedict XVI who, on the contrary, granted them a lot in his short papacy.La Messa in latino al tempo del Papa riformatore – TVS tvsvizzera.it
The pressure of the conservative part of the Church for the revaluation of the ancient rite to the present day brings back to the old divisions born after the Second Vatican Council.
The Council, in the 1960s, laid the foundations for the general reform of the Roman Missal. The Bishops decided by a majority that the meaning of the Mass should be clearer and the participation of the faithful more active.
The conservative wing of the Council considered the changes that followed the conciliar provisions to be radical and hasty and, in protest, the traditionalists continued to celebrate the Mass entirely in Latin with their backs turned to the faithful, according to the strict rules of the Tridentine Mass, the Roman Missal ancient. Through this form of resistance, these conservative groups questioned the very foundations of the Council.
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Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, one of the most influential traditionalists, put up the most tenacious resistance, carrying on the most sensational disobedience, sometimes assuming a schismatic behavior.
The Tridentine Mass, promulgated in Trent in 1568, represented the unity of the Church of Pope Pius V. Today, its meaning has been overturned, becoming expressive of the profound division between the conservative and reforming parts of the Church.
After the Second Vatican Council, there have been several attempts at reconciliation with the Lefebvrist traditionalists. John Paul II intervened with the Motu proprio Eclesia Dei of 1988. Benedict XVI produced the generous of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of 2007.
The Summorum Pontificum, which has greatly opened up the limits of the Tridentine Mass, was followed by exploitation, as expressed by Pope Francis in the recent Motu proprio Traditionis custodes.NewsletterSubscribe to our free newsletter to receive our articles.
So far, all attempts at reconciliation have not achieved the desired outcome, some conservative groups remain tenacious in their positions.
In Francis’ papacy, the divisions are more clearly marked by the reforming character of his politics. For these reasons
the pressures of the conservative part of the Church on the Pontiff become, day by day, more aggressive.