Papal insider says Pope won’t do it
Fr. Reginald Foster, a Carmelite friar and the Latin master for the Vatican, says reports that Pope Benedict will reintroduce the Tridentine Mass, were wrong.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (no word if he’s chums with Cream City’s former ordinary Bishop (ugh) Rembert Weakhand), Fr. Foster was appointed the Papal Latinist 38 years ago by Pope Paul VI.
He said the Pope won’t do it, not least because of the Pope's desire to avoid more controversies. A speech last year offended Muslims and more recently he gave initial support to a Polish archbishop who was eventually forced to resign, after admitting he had collaborated with the Commie secret police.
"He is not going to do it," Fr. Foster said. "He had trouble with Regensberg, and then trouble in Warsaw, and if he does this, all hell will break loose." In any case, he added: "It is a useless Mass and the whole mentality is stupid. The idea of it is that things were better in the old days. It makes the Vatican look medieval."
If true, this is shocking news. We had word last fall that the Pope had, in fact, signed the motu propio granting universal use of the traditional Latin Mass and the only hold-up was waiting for it to be translated into the foreign languages. (Funny, that was never a problem when the whole Catholic hierarchy spoke, or at least read and wrote Latin!)
If true, it is additionally shocking to hear that the Pope who was known as Ratzinger the Rottweiler is now only a toothless, if not castrated, version of his old self. So much for leadership. So much for swinging Peter’s keys and showing everyone what first among equals means.
On the other hand, knowing of the Pope’s concern for improving the liturgy, his love for Latin, and earlier remarks from Cardinal Arinze about the Latin Mass, it is a little hard for me to put much credence in a statement by a priest who calls any Mass “useless” and calls “stupid” the idea of encouraging a 1,500-year-old rite that has NEVER been banned or abrogated.
(The only thing stopping any priest who knows the traditional Mass from saying it publicly right now it his, usually cowardly or modernist, bishop.)
This must really be news to Bishop Fellay of SSPX who was also under the impression, as stated publicly, that the Pope was going to grant a universal indult for the traditional Mass.
Standby to standby.