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yet another motu proprio?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 29, 2007

Pope Benedict the XVI will soon release a moto proprio permitting the celebration of the Novus Ordo Mass without liturgical abuses, CWN has learned.

The 1-page document, accompanied by a 50-page explanatory letter, will allow individual priests to celebrate the Mass of 1969 according to the revised General Instruction for the Roman Missal. Bishop Ronald Mackerelperson criticized the relaxed rules that will permit the lawful celebration of the Novus Ordo. In a prepared statement, Mackerelperson said that the Holy See is overlooking the pastoral benefits of liturgical abuse. "When I see Mother Superior of the Erie Benedictine nuns in a polyester leotard performing a liturgical dance, I ask myself what could make the liturgy more relevant to Dick and Jane in the pews," he said.

Mackerelperson said that as a result of this kind of liturgical expertise on the part of the Benedictine nuns, he has appointed nuns as permanent administrators of most of the parishes in his diocese. The bishop predicted "pastoral chaos" if the liturgical abuse is outlawed. "Liturgy must be accessible to the young people and giving unregulated permission to priests to celebrate Mass according to the rubrics should not be tolerated," he complained.

Bishop Mackerelperson added the proposed motu proprio, if it is issued in the form being discussed by Vatican-watchers, would "disrupt years of careful liturgical training of priests and laity."

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 12:10 PM ET USA

    It's a joke,'s a joke...Though I must admit, you had me going there for a minute, Phil.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 12:55 PM ET USA

    I don't get it...why does it have to be one or the other? This can only increase devotion and participation in "the source and summit of our Christian life." (LG 11) Unlike after the council, if you don't like this directive then rejoice in the Novus Ordo. Come on, people, nobody's suppressing the Novus Ordo! If there is a Latin phobia that someone’s putting that phobia above the Mass, and THAT is a real problem.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2007 10:30 PM ET USA

    I'm happy that Bedouins can praise God as long as the N.O. is offered with some degree of decorem. Decorem is nice. But Decorem isn't the Alps and I'm not going to quit griping about living in the desert as long as the bishop continues to refuse my request to transfer. Let the Bedouins remain in the desert where miracles do happen and saints are made, perhaps even daily. As for me, however, I'll probably end up in hell if I have to remain in the desert. P.S. Bedouins are welcome in the Alps!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2007 10:25 PM ET USA

    Suppose you encounter a Bedouin in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and try to convince him of the beauty of the Swiss Alps. He is blissfully unaware and couldn't care less about the Alps. Most "modern" Catholics haven't a clue about much of anything about the Faith - much less the immense treasures to be found in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as offered for every Catholic in the Western world until just a few years ago. For those of us familiar with it, don't exile us to the desert of the N.O.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2007 10:32 AM ET USA

    "But how many Catholics are dying to learn Latin and attend a Tridentine Mass?" Perhaps we should phrase it differently. How many bishops are generous with the indult of JPII? In San Antonio, there is one Tridentine Mass offered. It is relegated to a cramped chapel behind an old nursing home. Meanwhile the SSPX, the Maronites, and an Anglican Use parish fill the gap until our priests are taught Latin again and get to decide for themselves where and when this beautiful Mass is offered.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2007 9:05 AM ET USA

    If all is well, maybe this would be a moto inapproprio.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 8:44 PM ET USA

    Aberlour36, many Catholics very much want to learn Latin and attend a Tridentine Mass. And many priests are studying right now to bring them this Holy Mass soon. To understand better, please look for the article "The Spirituality of the Ancient Liturgy". It's available on the web and explains things much better than I can. In His Mercy,

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 6:31 PM ET USA

    Perhaps I am naive in such matters ( a man only knows things generally from where he lives ) but I know that in our Diocese, the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey... under the Most Reverend Arthur Saretelli, past Guardian of the Faith in America I believe, the liturgies for the most part are in English, and orthodox... Let it not be said that I do not praise God when Bishop(s) fulfill their calling... It saddens me that this is not the case in other parts of the country.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 3:31 PM ET USA

    And, major, you might have added, from Mass to Mass in the same parish.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 10:09 AM ET USA

    Would Bishop Mackeralperson care to address the publication, "Modern Liturgy"? Should we not follow the ancient liturgy? I can't keep up with all the new "relevant' changes. They not only change from month to month but from parish to parish.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2007 1:30 AM ET USA

    Dogs and cats! Living together! Mass hysteria!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 11:33 PM ET USA

    "In our diocese we already offer such a service...." Perhaps, dear friend, if you did not refer to the Tridentine Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as "such a service" many more would come and fill the church as they do at St. John Cantius in Chicago where it is largely younger, larger families. It seems that your diocese may need a proper shepherd not to mention a spokesperson who sees more than a "service".

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 9:04 PM ET USA

    To "fishy-bish".. How does one disrupt disruption???

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 7:49 PM ET USA

    "accompanied by a 50-page explanatory letter" Of all your (excellent) satire in this piece, Uncle Di, that is perhaps the best, and truest, bit.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 7:00 PM ET USA

    I'm quite sure that nothing could possibly be more relevant to Dick and Jane in the pews than having Mother Chitchat dancing in a leotard!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 6:55 PM ET USA

    "Will someone please explain to me why there is such a fuss about proposals to permit the Latin Mass on a larger scale" Be glad to... An "idolatry" of legalism and outward form... Intellect must participate in worship but it must not predominate... Celebrate the Mass in Latin with the rubrics... But I tell you.., do not..., I repeat... DO NOT use it as a "weapon" to control and dominate others... For it has already been done.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 5:45 PM ET USA

    Go forth and be fishers of persons.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2007 4:38 PM ET USA

    Will someone please explain to me why there is such a fuss about proposals to permit the Latin Mass on a larger scale? I can understand the nonsense driving Bishop Mackerelperson. But how many Catholics are dying to learn Latin and attend a Tridentine Mass? In our diocese we already offer such a service, and a very small number of largely elderly people attend.