Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Motu Proprio ...

Last week I talked on the phone with a friend in Philadelphia who said that a mutual friend, a canon lawyer in Rome who has an informal acquaintance with the Holy Father, told him that the Motu Proprio would never see the light of day. This canon lawyer, however, represents the conservative mainstream of Novus Ordo Catholicism today, which, for whatever reason, is radically opposed to a more generous implementation of the Indult for the Traditional Latin Mass. In other words, he clearly does not share the Holy Father's sentiments on the matter, whatever he may know about canon law.

On the other hand, Rorate Caeli reports this morning in a post entitled, The Pope wants "to move forward", that from today's Il Giornale, on the latest Vatican moves (Report by Andrea Tornielli):
In the past few weeks, several French bishops have sent to Rome their lamentations of protest against the "Motu proprio" which would liberalize the pre-Conciliar Mass, but, as it seems, Benedict XVI is decided to move forward, even if with due caution, to heal the mini-schism of archbishop Lefebvre and to assure to the Traditionalist faithful, with an act of liberality, the use of the old missal.
One must wait and pray, and take all reports with due caution.

[Hat tip to New Catholic]

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