Friday, March 28, 2008

Haven't I Been Saying This All Along?
Will THIS finally put these two questions to bed?

An interesting little article from Catholic World News. Here's the meat and potatoes version; (Emphasis mine) Ecclesia Dei president offers clarification on motu proprio

Vatican, Mar. 28, 2008 ( - In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, the head of the Ecclesia Dei commission has indicated that priests do not require permission from their bishops in order to celebrate the extraordinary form of the Latin liturgy.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos told L'Osservatore Romano that "all can celebrate" the traditional Latin Mass. While the "ordinary form"-- the Novus Ordo-- remains "the Mass that normally all priests say," the cardinal said that Pope Benedict, in his motu proprio broadening access to the traditional liturgy, authorized all priests to use the older liturgy.
"Some ask permission, as if this were some sort of concession or exception," Cardinal Castrillon said. "But there is no need for that."

When asked how the wider use of the older liturgy might affect relations with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Cardinal Castrillon said that Summorum Pontificum could help to pave the way for a restoration of the traditionalist group to full communion with the Church.

However, the cardinal took pains to say that members of the SSPX are not separated from the Catholic Church. "The excommunication applied only to the four bishops," he said. While the Mass celebrated at SSPX chapels is not licit, he said, it is unquestionably valid. "Certainly neither the priests nor the faithful are excommunicated," he added.


Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Yes Cavey you have. Now if all the modernist, so-called Novus Ordo Catholics would get that through their thick skulls: SPPX priests and parishioners are not excommunicated! Even though they aren't known for being particularly friendly.

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