Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is Pope Francis rolling back Summorum Pontificum? Assessment by Rorate

IMPORTANT: Pope Francis severely restricts the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate from celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass, imposes the Novus Ordo on all their priests UPDATE: FULL TEXT OF THE DECREE that abrogates Summorum for the FFI (Rorate Caeli, July 29, 2013):
Rorate note: A clear attempt to minimize the importance of this decree is taking place here and there in the blogosphere, as expected. We are being told that this isn't really something to worry about; that this is just a particular situation, limited to a particular religious institution, and has nothing to do with how Pope Francis views Summorum.

Against these manifestations of the spirit of denial that we have come to know so well since February 28 of this year, we raise the following points.

1) First, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are not just a small religious Order or congregation occupying a tiny niche of the Traditional Catholic world; with more than 130 priests, they are the second largest canonically-regular religious congregation or society among those that primarily or de facto exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. (The FSSP is the largest.) The family of female monasteries and convents under the spiritual care of the FFI have no other parallel in the Traditional Catholic world outside the SSPX. Anything that restricts the ability of the FFI to offer the Traditional Latin Mass will of necessity be deeply felt by the Traditional Catholic world.

2) One justification now being raised is that the FFI's application of Summorum Pontificum had caused discord in many communities and that the Traditional Latin Mass was "imposed" brutally on priests who did not want it. On the contrary, we in Rorate, who have been closely observing the FFI since 2008, can affirm that the opposite is the case: Summorum was applied in a very gradual manner by the FFI, the Novus Ordo was never forbidden in their houses and sanctuaries, and in many parts of the world the FFI continued to offer the Novus Ordo predominantly. It ought to be noted as well that the FFI, in their promotion of the "Forma Extraordinaria", have been remarkably free of polemics and public attacks on the Novus Ordo.

3) Yet another justification now being used is that this action is acceptable because the FFI were not founded with the TLM as an essential part of their charism. This excuse is incomprehensible as it completely ignores the rights given by Summorum Pontificum to religious priests. Furthermore, if the dissatisfaction of a few is enough to get a whole religious congregation or Order restricted from making use of Summorum Pontificum, this opens an easy way by which the opponents of the old Mass can eventually expel the TLM from all non-"Ecclesia Dei" institutes.

4) Lastly, and most importantly, the decree -- by specifically restricting the Traditional Latin Mass -- is a clear indication that it is seen as something problematic, something that must be excised from the life of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. If this whole crisis in the FFI is not really about the Traditional Latin Mass, then why is it the target of exclusion and of restrictions, and why does the decree devote so much space to it, and why does the decree take the trouble of noting that this restriction was personally commanded by the Holy Father himself? If the crisis in the FFI is due to the misbehavior of some, then why is the deprivation of the Traditional Latin Mass extended to all?
This is a much longer post with added updates. Read more >>

Update: Fr. Z bends over backwards to offer a detailed sympathetic Brick-by-Brick-Bund analysis (WDTPRS, July 29, 2013)

Update (8/6/2013):
  1. For the record: Franciscans of the Immaculate - three official responses to Vatican Insider and other official statements
  2. IMPORTANT: Pope Benedict XVI did not order the FFI visitation, PCED supported FFI norms on use of Vetus Ordo in 2012
  3. Texts and commentary from Rorate (Rorate Caeli, August 6, 2013).


Jeff said...

And Fr Z and some members of the religious order that I have read (who have been celebrating the old Mass and aim to try to continue) seem to think it's not about the Old Mass at all, but rather about something deeper.

What do you think?

I am not Spartacus said...

It comes as no surprise to learn that the complaint about the Gregorian Rite was made by a certain Priest who blundered horribly when he chose to support the nasty tactics of The Patheos Posse, in part, by bearing false witness.

It also comes as no surprise that The Pope stopped washing his own socks long enough to try and suffocate The Gregorian Rite for it is quite clearly a Rite that embodies Tradition and all that goes with it and that all that goes with it is precisely what the conspiratorial revolutionaries at Vatican Two wish to make completely null and utterly void.

Although he prolly has no intention of being such a man, the Pope has become the best recruiter The SSPX has had since Abp Lefebvre died.

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

Five years for SP. If you don't like what the Church is teaching this year, wait a while: its bound to change. Wait for instructions from Neocath Grub Street about what to think about it all.

I am not Spartacus said...

New Pentecost? Nah, Old Twilight.

If one listens closely enough, one can hear Satan singing his happy song as the Church processes into evanescence, dissolved by the universal solvent of Ecumenism as applied by the modernists and the 60s miscreants who are strangling The Body of Christ but strangling her with a humble smile because that is what she requires so the revolutionary biblicists can, again, begin again, just like they did in the 16th century.

Jordanes551 said...

"It comes as no surprise to learn that the complaint about the Gregorian Rite was made by a certain Priest who blundered horribly when he chose to support the nasty tactics of The Patheos Posse, in part, by bearing false witness."

Rorate Caeli has stated, "Rorate has learned from its own sources that the 'internal dissidents' were led by an American member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate who was notable for his opposition and hostility to any criticism of Vatican II . . . .," but has not specified that it was Father Angelo Sotelo. Also, note that the priest is question was notable not for opposition to the Gregorian Rite (and Father Sotelo is not opposed to the Vetus Ordo), but for opposition and hostility to criticism of Vatican II.

Anonymous said...

"The People's Pope"!!! Unfortuantely, not the people who go to Mass and put money in the plates, but hey...

I am not Spartacus said...

Dr Taylor Marshall identiifed the Priest I cited, the very one who bore false witness agianst me in reference to my comments published on Rorate.

I wrote that I was not ready to describe as a conspiracy what the Patheos CPAs were doing and yet that Priest accused me of doing just the opposite in his Blog.

And,of course, he refused to put up my quote when I requested he do so.

So, I can not be surprised at anything he might do.

Jordanes551 said...

The role of Father Angelo Geiger (not Sotelo, as my feeble brain put in place of "Geiger") in the FFI debacle is publicly confirmed. Father Geiger's hostility to traditionalism (not just to the anti-Semitic predilections found in certain traditionalist circles) is well established, so his role is not at all surprising.