Instruction on the application of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum finally published

Source: FSSPX News

On May 13, 2011, the Vatican published the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae on the application of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI (July 7, 2007).  See in the Documents section the “Commentary of the General House of the Society of St. Pius X on the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae”.

On that same day, during the press conference at which this Roman document was presented, Fr. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, was anxious to explain that the two forms (the “Ordinary Form” or the Novus Ordo Mass, and the “Extraordinary Form” or the Tridentine Mass, according to the terms introduced by the Motu Proprio – Editor’s note) were not in competition.  “There must be no polemics, no critical attitude on the part of those who ask to be able to celebrate according to the Extraordinary Form,” he declared, adding that in return those same Catholics must not be marginalized either.

The next day, May 14, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, declared that the two forms of the one Roman Rite should “not be considered as antithetical, but as mutually enriching”.

Cardinal Koch stated that Benedict XVI was well aware that we cannot “stop at a coexistence between the Ordinary Form and the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite”, but that the Church in the future would again need a common rite.  “Between the old liturgy and the post-conciliar liturgical reform there is no radical break but rather a fundamental continuity,” he continued, explaining:  “One can understand the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI only in light of this conviction.”  According to the Swiss prelate, the pope “does not understand liturgical history as a series of divisions, but as an organic process of growth, maturation and self-purification.”  Is this the announcement of a “reform of the reform” that would attempt to reunite the two “forms” in a third?

These remarks, reported by L’Osservatore Romano, were made in Rome at the third Conference on the subject of the Motu Proprio, held May 13-15, on the topic “One Hope for the Whole Church.”  Other speakers at this conference were Cardinal Antonio Llovera Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Bishop Marc Aillet, Bishop of Bayonne (France), and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda (Kazakhstan), who called for a Motu Proprio to reestablish the minor orders and the subdiaconate which were abolished in the new liturgy under Paul VI in 1972.  Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, and Msgr. Nicolas Bux of the Theological Institute in Bari also spoke.  On the morning of May 15, at the conclusion of the conference, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, former President of the Committee for Historical Sciences, celebrated a Traditional Pontifical Mass at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica.  (Sources : apic/imedia/private sources – DICI no. 235 dated May 28, 2011)