Cardinal Bertone announces imminent release of the Motu Proprio on the Tridentine Mass

Source: FSSPX News


On June 3, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the daily of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Avvenire, concerning the Motu Proprio on the liberalization of the Tridentine Mass that “there would not be long to wait before its release,” because the pope had a “personal interest” in its publication. The cardinal also specified that Benedict XVI would expound on “its meaning in a cover letter, hoping that the text would be received with tranquility”. The publication of the Motu proprio “will take place,” the Secretary of State had already declared to Le Figaro magazine, on April 1st, emphasizing that the pope himself would explain “his reasons and the framework of his decision.”

In the same interview, Cardinal Bertone revealed that a letter to Chinese Catholics “had been finally approved by the pope” and that “it was being translated into various languages, while taking care of the technical aspects of its publication.” Before its publication, the letter will be given to the members of the government in Beijing. – On January 20, the Pope expressed the wish that a meeting take place at the Vatican concerning the situation of the Church in China. At the end of the meeting, he had decided to write “a personal letter to Catholics in China,” which was originally to be published before Easter.

Cardinal Bertone also referred to the pope’s visit to Brazil: “As the cardinal of Caracas wisely said, it is possible” that Hugo Chavez “did not read the pope’s address carefully,” he responded to the criticism leveled by the Venezuelan president at Benedict XVI’s words in his opening address of the 5th General Conference of the CELAM. On May 13, in Aparecida, the pope said that the Catholic faith had not been imposed on the indigenous peoples of America by the Spanish and Portuguese colonizers. These words provoked indignant reactions in the Amerindian community. The Secretary of State of the Holy See stressed that, “On the very days when this controversy arose, the Holy See was making its voice heard in the Glass Palace of the UN to express its disappointment over the delay sine die in the adoption of a long-awaited declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.” “The Holy See is and wants to be close to the Amerindians and their concrete problems,” he insisted.

(Sources Avvenire/ESM/Apic)