05 March 2007

Another Fantastic Article with Insights from Monsignor Schmitz

This time by Brian Mershon, noted traditional Catholic journalist and appearing in Envoy Magazine, published by Patrick Madrid. Traditional Catholicism keeps getting more and more familiar to the conservative novus ordo world.

I wanted to post the link as soon as possible, because Msgr. Schmitz lays down a couple of small bombshells. I may update this post later as a result.

In the article, Msgr. Schmitz is quoted as saying that the Motu Proprio granting the so-called universal indult for all priests to be able to offer the Traditional Latin Mass is ready to be published-- that the "person who is responsible for it [in a Motu Proprio, that would be the Pope] does not want to discuss it any longer."

Also, the Motu will not affect the 1962 Missal, according to Msgr., thus laying to rest fears of some who were afraid that the traditional Missal might have been tampered with to further the Pope's desire for a "reform of the reform" of the novus ordo. What is interesting is that Msgr. Schmitz hints that the post-Synodal Exhortation we are expecting from the Holy Father will encourage ad orientem celebration with Latin language Canon in the novus ordo-- also very good news.

Finally, the Monsignor hints that Archbishop Marini, the Papal liturgist responsible for many, many, "interesting' Masses in his day will finally be replaced.

If I didn't have work to do, this story might be enough reason for a party.

Please, read the entire article here: http://www.envoymagazine.com/msgr_schmitz.htm


Anonymous said...

I guess there is enough informationo here to understand a few salient facts about the Motu Proprio.

From what I read here it is fair, first and foremost, to point out that almost nothing will be done about the Novus Ordo. If the Holy Father will only "ENCOURAGE ad orientem celebration with Latin language Canon," then it is fair to surmise that very little will change at all. It is fair to say that.

So, no matter what one feels about the NO and the TLM, this is apparent from what we now know.

thetimman said...

Well, you may be right, of course, but it is a little too early to be definitive. The Motu Proprio will only deal with the traditional Mass by design.

As for the post-synodal exhortation, we have to wait and see what is prescribed, proscribed, or merely encouraged. For one thing, a motu proprio has the force of canon law but I don't know if an exhortation has the same effect.

There are good signs on bringing the novus into some semblance of ordo. Accurate English translations (particularly with regard to "pro multis" and "consubtantialem Patri", urging (one might say re-allowing) ad orientem celebration, allowing the TLM offertory prayers, Latin Canon, freedom for the TLM (which will serve as a powerful compare/contrast for sincere Catholics) are all positives.

Of course they require follow up, and history shows us that there has been a woeful lack of enforcement of Rome's pronouncements. But, to be fair, it has to begin somewhere. If there is follow up, then we're in business. If not, assuming the Motu is as advertised, at least those faithful seeking reverent and holy sacramental rites may be able to get them at long last.