The inaccuracies, difficulties of interpretation, and problems of concrete application of Traditionis Custodes and the Responsa ad Dubia have raised many questions among canonists, pastors, and institutes whose proper law binds them to the liturgical forms of the Latin tradition.
It was time for a competent canonist to write a full critique of the letter. This has been successfully done by Fr. Réginald-Marie Rivoire, F.S.V.F., who in a lengthy French article undertook a careful canonical analysis of these documents, chiefly from the point of view of their “juridical rationality.” It is well known that rationality is one of the essential characteristics of a legal norm, such that strictly speaking, an irrational norm is not a norm and does not bind.
An authorized English translation of this tract has now been published by Os Justi Press. The work is entitled (simply enough): “Does Traditionis Custodes Pass the Juridical Rationality Test?” In case the suspense is killing you, the answer is No. However, Fr. Rivoire carefully lays out his data, premises, and conclusions in the course of just under 100 pages.RORATE CÆLI: The Best Canonical Critique of “Traditionis Custodes” to Date, and the Clearest Account of the Dogma of Papal Infallibility