Monday, May 07, 2007

Motu Proprio

I hope I'm wrong but I don't think the Motu Proprio is really coming. At least not in the way many of us are hoping for. We may get a universal indult BUT I suspect it won't have any strength. The bishops will either ignore it outright or the Vatican will give them a face saving loophole of some sort so they can ignore it politely. The other possibility is that the Tridentine Mass will be changed to suit non Catholics and Romanized Protestants. (Catholics in name only). The faithful will be told to accept this new version of the Tridentine or take a hike-- driving the hard core Traditionalists even further away.

At any rate, don't assume that the Motu Proprio will be the great fix to the Church's problems. It's been bad for decades and it's not going to change overnight barring a miracle.

10 comments:

Carolina Cannonball said...

I think you have it pegged 100%... sadly.

Coffee Wife said...

What is the Motu Proprio anyway? I've been reading about it a lot but I have no idea what it is!

a thorn in the pew said...

Weh. I need a little cheese with that noise I just made...lol. I somewhat agree. I think the length of time it is taking speaks volumes. All the enemies of this have their reasons and excuses all ready to go.....

Dymphna said...

The Moto Proprio is essentially the "freeing" of the Tridentine Mass. Ideally after the MP is made public parishioners will be able to go to their priest and ask for the old Mass and he'll be able to celebrate it (if he knows how) without having to ask permission from his bishop.

4HisChurch said...

I think you are right, unfortunately.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I said at the start of the year that if the MP comes out, it won't have the immediate effect its proponents predict.

SyrianCatholic said...

Dympha,
O, ye of little faith. I do believe the MP is coming out, and for several reasons. We trads shouldn't be so pessimistic.

Firstly, the Lord is going to right the ship eventually, and so why not sooner rather than later? Also, let us not forget that Pope Benedict has been a great supporter of the Tridentine Mass for quite sometime, this is not some peripheral issue to Papa Ratzinger.

Let us also not forget that three very high ranking cardinals(Hoyos, Medina Estevez, and Bertone) have made public statements that indeed the Pope is going to issue a Motu Proprio on the Traditional Mass, and that it will happen soon. Keep in mind that Card. Ratzinger /Pope Benedict is legendary for moving very slow and methodical.

As a friend of mine told me, This Pope is a GERMAN, and once a German has made his mind up to do something, good luck trying to stop him.

Let's start to pray harder for this intention.

Christine said...

I do believe it will come

Lynne said...

Yes, I too believe it is coming (and like Father Groeschel, I'm a moderate pessimist). Continue to pray.

Linda Robinson said...

I think the long wait for the promulgation of the MP is an indication that it's being done right, that it will have teeth, and that it will produce the desired effect over time. No one, surely, thought that the day after the MP is promugated, we'd have instant daily Tridentine Masses within walking distance of every Catholic home. I can personally count four new instances of the Tridentine Mass being allowed by bishops who had heretofore been adamantly opposed - all within the last year. If the rumors are producing this effect, think what the reality will do.

AND, if you haven't seen the post at Rorate Caeli (English translation of an address to the Latin American bishops delivered yesterday by Cardinal Hoyos-Castrillion. The cardinal comes right out and says that Pope Benedict "gonna do it" - no if, no and, no maybe. This is a time for prayer and rejoicing. Pray for our Holy Father and the good bishops. There are a few of them! http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html