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: mclom - Jul. 31, 2010 9:13 AM ET USA

    Dear Editor, There's no doubt that quite a lot of people have a problem with Jesus' own words that, in spite of every effort, the gates of hell will not overcome the Church He founded. He is present in our Church on many levels but especially in the Blessed Sacrament. My son recently met an ex-Muslim converted directly by Jesus when the young man had several unusual interior experiences each time he drove past or parked outside a RC church. He went inside one day to investigate... Praise God!

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jul. 29, 2010 5:53 PM ET USA

    Di, I appreciate your comments but this business in Rome is a scandal, and Newsweek didn't cause it. The purification of the Church continues. (note that I didn't say self-purification) All those ugly hidden things are coming to the light and it is not pretty.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 28, 2010 4:23 PM ET USA

    It may be more basic than that. It may be that it's a question of...the Catholic Church.