Tantalus goes Tridentine

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 15, 2006

It's been described as "imminent" since October, if not earlier. But the best estimates of an actual publication date keep moving backward.

Now the Spanish-language ACI-Prensa news agency, which has good contacts at the Vatican, predicts that the motu proprio on the Latin Mass will appear after Christmas, with the post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist to follow in mid-January.

With each day now, it becomes less likely that the Holy Father would release a big story to deflect attention from the Christmas celebration. So "after Christmas" now replaces "imminent" in our vocabulary. Fair enough. Stay tuned.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 18, 2006 1:02 PM ET USA

    Hey when your are 2,000 years old, 6 months is "imminent".

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2006 7:51 AM ET USA

    From see to see makes an interesting point about left leaning Catholic institutions and their impending reaction. There will be backlash but it will be the rage of an angry child caught with his hand in the cookie jar. That cookie jar is VC2 which the Catholic left has deliberately misinterpreted to justify their free thinking ways. There is no pre- or post-VC2 Church as the left wants us to believe, but rather the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2006 10:41 PM ET USA

    A watched pot never boils. We should thing about other things for awhile.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2006 5:40 PM ET USA

    All you people who so desparately want the "Tridentine" Mass (which few can understand) have no concept of the problems that a "do as you please" approach to its use would cause. I say, "would" because it has not happened yet. When I was ordained, I prayed "pro Papa Pio" and thought we would never see Mass in the vernacular. Now, I would just as soon celebrate Mass in the language of the people...no excuses anymore for saying the rosary during Mass. A general permission would tear us apart. Jash

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2006 2:58 PM ET USA

    How will theologians at left-leaning Catholic institutions explain the motu proprio, if it happens? If you took a course on liturgy in a Catholic college you learned that what came after the Council is necessarily superior to worship that existed before the Council. It would be fascinating to see how the school of discontinuity explains this development.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2006 9:35 AM ET USA

    Better late than NEVER. This super intelligent Pope is a special gift to the Church for these times. Slowly but surely and quicker than most might think, we will see our true Catholic Faith restored.If he has the courage to travel to a place where some had gone on record for wanting him dead -then those two-legged obstacles( bishops and cardinals with bad memories) will be a cake-walk for him to convert .We need to say a prayer a day for him- just watch the dividends we get back. God bless him.