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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
BOMBSHELL: POPE FRANCIS GIVES NOD TO FSSP TO USE THE 1955 ROMAN MISSAL FOR HOLY WEEK IN AN EXPERIMENTAL FASHION FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS--INTERESTING, NO?
I call this a bombshell, because Pope Benedict only allowed for the 1962 Roman Missal for the Extraordinary Form. Thus in continuity with the organic development of this new liturgical movement in the Church initiated by Pope Benedict, Pope Francis has cracked the door to older versions of the Tridentine Missal, especially the Holy Week Liturgies that Pope Pius XII promulgated prior to the Council. This is quite a development, no?
This is a comment from Marc with my question and his clarification on a previous thread:
The FSSP has been granted a limited permission to use the
pre-1955 Holy Week in certain apostolates for an experimental three-year
Is this new? Yes, it is, except to note that the FSSP has
apparently been using variations on the older rite at its Roman flagship
church for a number of years.
Permission was granted by the Ecclesia Dei Commission, which would presumably involve some nod from the pope.
more surprising thing about this, to me, is that it is the FSSP who
have been given this permission. In my experience with the FSSP, they
have not seemed overly concerned with liturgics. On the other hand, the
Institute of Christ the King has a long history, as part of its founding
even, of using the old rite. And it is also worth mentioning that the
SSPX notably expelled several of its priests some decades back due to
their adherence to the old rite (among other things).