25 June 2009

Let the Rumors Begin! Motu Proprio for SSPX ReintegrationThis Summer?


Via Catholic Church Conservation:

New Motu Proprio on the SSPX this summer?

From the paleo-left-liberal, more Tablet than the Tablet, French magazine Golias

According to our information, and on the eve of the SSPX ordinations on 27 June in Germany, the Pope wishes to write a second motu proprio in the coming months. The document to be issued this time is not only about the liturgy in Latin, but a more comprehensive reintegration of the SSPX into the Church. This will mean demanding, of course, conditions, but also by engaging the whole Church in this process. Serious!

In other words, the bishops will no longer be entitled to express in a too overt manner open reluctantance and even less to slow the return of the traditionalists. One should understand that representatives of these currents regularly complain to the Pope posed about the obstacles placed to their reinstatement by the bishops and their entourage. Until now, Rome and the Ecclesia Dei commission have been bypassing bishops without, however, in general, openly disavow their views.

Thus, in 1988, the Commission regularised very quickly and in a very caring manner the Benedictine abbey of Barroux, without informing or consulting the Archbishop of Avignon at the time, Archbishop Raymond Bouchex. More recently, Rome proceeded in the same way with respect to the Institut du Bon Pasteur, without informing the Archbishop of Bordeaux, in which it was located. Recently, another signal was given by the Vatican when restoring a traditional parish priest in dissent with his bishop in Calvados, just so as to remind the bishops. Following this Motu proprio, a bishop considered too reluctant to welcome the fundamentalists will certainly have his knuckles rapped.
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I can see why liberal Bishops would be concerned. The practice of ladies sashaying around the sanctuary with steaming bowls of incense may be jeopardized!

10 comments:

Lucy said...

A few nutty conservatives with their crazy notions about Latin and mantillas won't affect the progressives. Come on in! "All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place." We're a strong, vibrant, growing church because of our diversity. In the end, we all profess the same creed, and THAT'S all that matters.

scott said...

I can't figure out if you're for or against SSPX. I'm not terribly familiar with the history of this fringe group, but it looks like one would either have to be a fan of SSPX or the church, but not both.

thetimman said...

Lucy, your observation may be why the SSPX is wary.

The Church is growing precisely in those sectors where "nutty conservatives" are predominant. The other areas don't seem to be growing, except for the lapsed Catholic population.

The creed is not all that matters, of course, and the Mass (including the manner and form in which it is celebrated) affects just how many people actually believe that creed. "Lex orandi, lex credendi," as St. Prosper would say.

Scott, the SSPX is not a fringe group. If they were, you wouldn't hear so much moaning on the left about the possible reconciliation afoot.

I mean, few have written much on the reconciliation of the Milingo sect, if you get my drift.

scott said...

OK, but back to my original question/point: By what I've gathered on this and previous posts, SSPX seems to be rather beligerant toward papal authority. So how can one be waving his Catholic flag but at the same time cheering on a splinter group that is thumbing its nose at the Vatican?

Lucy said...

See, we can even disagree about this, but you know what? "We are one body, one body in Christ..." You're my fellow Catholic, and I'm yours. (But let's agree to not let anyone in who thinks he/she has the "gift of tongues" or claims to get messages from Mary. Those people are insane.)

thetimman said...

Scott, I trust you see the irony in your question.

Anonymous said...

You know, the only ones I see thumbing their noses at the Pope are priests in my diocese "in good standing."

Also, Scott, this may surprise you, but the entire Church was once like the SSPX. Imagine that! We once had such unity!

pfinley said...

We are one body, we are fellow catholics. Doesnt mean a fellow catholic should let another wallow in mediocrity though. We are all caretakers of the orthodox, authentic faith and the practice of it

Anonymous said...

Lucy, what is really bothering you?
I sense an underlying current in your post. Could it be the imagined need for "women priests?"

Anonymous said...

A few nutty conservatives with their crazy notions about Latin and mantillas won't affect the progressives. Come on in! "All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place." We're a strong, vibrant, growing church because of our diversity. In the end, we all profess the same creed, and THAT'S all that matters---anyone else see a contradiction in this comment? To say "a few nutty traditionalists..." then turn around and claim "all are welcome" is showing a clear ignorance of the matter at hand. Say what you mean, Lucy. Jump on the "progressive" bandwagon. Women parading around on the alter distributing the body and blood of our Lord with their hands! into other "progressive" hands. Ever stop to think of where your hands have been prior to touching Christ? did you wash them? did you rescently change your kid? let me sum up by saying 50 years of "progressiveness" has done nothing but bring down mass attendance, vocations to religious life - and bring a huge boom of discenters pushing for gay marriages and women priests. Wow, get me a front seat on the progressive train.