Thursday, June 24, 2010


On July 7th it will be 3 years since Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum allowing for every priest in the world to celebrate the 1962 Roman Missal unimpeded by needed special permissions. Pope Benedict issued a letter along with the Motu Proprio called Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops of the World to Present the "Motu Proprio" on the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the Reforms of 1970.
Benedict XVI

You can read the entire letter and the Motu Proprio HERE

In many ways, Pope Benedict is a liberal thinker and pastorally liberal minded. He knows that so many in the Church after the Second Vatican Council promoted the "spirit" of the Second Vatican Council by denigrating all that had preceded the Council including her "unreformed" liturgy. One can still see this adolescent attitude today in many people who think that the Second Vatican Council was a rupture with our Tradition rather than in continuity with it.

The Holy Father brings this point home in his desire to bring internal healing in the Church and to end the nonsensical theology of rupture between the old and the new and to see both as gifts from God. This paragraph toward the end of the letter establishes the Holy Father's rationale for the more liberal allowance of the 1962 Roman Missal:
I now come to the positive reason which motivated my decision to issue this Motu Proprio updating that of 1988. It is a matter of coming to an interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church. Looking back over the past, to the divisions which in the course of the centuries have rent the Body of Christ, one continually has the impression that, at critical moments when divisions were coming about, not enough was done by the Church’s leaders to maintain or regain reconciliation and unity. One has the impression that omissions on the part of the Church have had their share of blame for the fact that these divisions were able to harden. This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to unable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew. I think of a sentence in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where Paul writes: "Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return … widen your hearts also!" (2 Cor 6:11-13). Paul was certainly speaking in another context, but his exhortation can and must touch us too, precisely on this subject. Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.


Seeker said...

Perfect follow up post, Father. We must be inclusive as to allow Faith to grow. All are lessons in continuity. God's plan in full force. The Church can hit its "head" against the wall for only so long.

Paul said...

Thanks be to God for our Pope!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome Pope we have. God Bless our Holy Father!!!