11 May 2011

And Here It Comes...

The Holy See Press Office announced today that the long-rumored, long-awaited instruction document on the implementation of the great motu proprio Summorum Pontificum will be released this Friday, May 13, at noon Rome time.  The document will be called Universae Ecclesiae, and, notably, will be published also in the May 14 edition of L'Osservatore Romano.  You may recall that after Summorum Pontificum was published it took forever and a day to hit the Vatican's official newspaper.

May 13-- the nod to Fatima is palpable.  There has been much talk on Catholic blogs about whether the instruction letter was something to long for or something to dread.  There were rumors that an intermediate draft was very restrictive, heavily influenced by the ancient Mass' enemies.  Then there were further rumors that an outcry about this caused the final draft to be fixed, and that it fully supports a generous reading of the motu proprio.  Friday we will all find out.  Fatima, hmm.  We need to entrust this, as all things, to prayer.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


long pants said...

Fatima? Perhaps, but I was thinking it was a nod to this:

May 13, 1994 – Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.

Dad29 said...

For those with dark fears, it WILL be Friday the 13th.

Perhaps a mandate to use Jebby Guitar Music at all EF Masses??

Athelstane said...

It would be nice if it were to require every single diocese to have a weekly, every Sunday EF mass in a prominent location, or even (better yet) a worldwide jurisdiction for traditional societies.

But I would settle for just mandatory training in Latin and all the traditional sacraments in all diocesan seminaries (and it will be hard enough finding sufficient skilled instructors in some areas). That will have...a tremendous impact. Once priests are exposed to the traditional mass, their perspective on the liturgy is changed for good.