There was to be a Pontifical Solemn Chanted Mass in the UA form for next Saturday’s Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as, the Dormition of the Most Blessed Mother.
However, the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, formerly the Archbishop of Atlanta and my former Metropolitan Archbishop, in light of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio, has forbidden this UA form of the Mass at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
What a lost opportunity for the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC to offer a pastoral olive branch to those who had centered their vacations around this Mass while visiting Washington, DC.
The good Cardinal could have said that the Mass could go forward in the UR form of the Mass chanted in a solemn way in Latin and using the Basilica’s magnificent high altar, and the Communion rail for the distribution of Holy Communion, which in the UR form of the Mass are no longer used for some stupid reason.
Thus the choir could have chanted everything that it would have chanted. There could have been UA solemnity and reverence and the good Cardinal would have been a pioneer in showing the traditional community the way forward in light of a cruel hearted Motu Proprio.
And yet this type of Mass has no approbation and this is why Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio is such a scandal to Catholics who love the UA Mass: