Sunday, November 04, 2007


  • Pope Benedict XVI: "As for the use of the 1962 Missal as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated ..." (emphasis added, Letter to the Bishops accompanying the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, 2007)

  • Fr Manlio Sodi, SDB (one of the most influential liturgists in Italy): "The last edition of the Tridentine Missal ... prepared under the pontificate of Blessed John XXIII, in 1962 ... was abrogated with the publication of the Missal of 1970. (emphasis added, The Missal of Pius V: Why the Latin Mass in the Third Millennium? -- a book given imprimatur on July 12, five days after Summorum Pontificum)
In other news, from reports being gathered by Una Voce from across the country, I gather that there is considerable resistance to the motu proprio at the parish level in a number of dioceses. Apparently a document is being prepared by the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' explaining some points of the motu proprio and offering further clarifications (See also "Directive on Summorum Pontificum confirmed," Rorate Caeli, October 12, 2007)

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