Germany: Associations prepare for the application of the Motu proprio on the Traditional Mass

Source: FSSPX News


In the Frankfurter Allgemeine, the two organizations published an announcement in which they called on those faithful attached to the Ancient rite, to unite in order to establish sufficiently large communities. In fact, the Motu proprio asks for the formation of a stable group so as to introduce the Tridentine Mass on a regular basis in a parish.

The two associations explain the reasons for their campaign by the fact that during the last few decades “within the Church, in parishes and dioceses, there were powerful forces which prevented by every means possible, the celebration of the Holy Mass in this form which has been handed down to us.” Certain reactions in the wake of the publication of Summorum Pontificum have shown that “these forces have by no means abandoned their resistance.”

Furthermore, the “Network of Catholic Priests” is organizing courses between August 27 and 29 at Herzogenrath, aimed at priests, singers and altar servers wishing to become acquainted with the Ancient rite. It is fighting for a “non-censured” proclamation of Catholic doctrine, respect for liturgical rules and the implementation of tasks of priestly direction. It is directed by Fr. Guido Rodheudt, of Herzoenreuth (diocese of Aix-la-Chapelle), Fr. Uwe Winkel, of Spahl (diocese of Fulda) and Fr. Hendrick Jolie of Mühltal (diocese of Mainz).

For these priests, the pope’s Motu Proprio is not addressed solely to Traditionalists, but must contribute to a reform of the new ritual of the Mass of Paul VI. They consider that the old rite must contribute to the rediscovery of the value and the form of worship “as it has shaped the Church since the era of Gregory the Great.” They recall that, contrary to what certain bishops in Germany have said, who fear division among the faithful, the Tridentine Mass must be allowed to be celebrated everywhere. “Because this is a decision by the pope exercising his power over the entire Catholic Church.”

The Network feels that permission for the old rite will bring a “corrective” effect on the “New Mass” and contribute to a “stabilization” of the new rite. In so doing they echo faithfully the “reform of the reform” envisaged by Benedict XVI, expressed in his letter accompanying the Motu Proprio: “the two forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be mutually enriching. (…) The celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI will be able to demonstrate, more powerfully than has been the case hitherto, the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage.”

(sources: Frankfurter Allgemeine /Apic)