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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Whispers From Rome

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following is allegedly a letter received from someone inside the Vatican. I cannot verify its authenticity nor the accuracy of its contents. I post it here only to convey the general feeling of anticipation that is circulating in the Church today...

Hello Remnant Friends:

I just wanted to pass on some important news that I have learned from a priest friend who works with the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome about one particular item in what is purported to be a virtual barrage of Liturgical pronouncements about to issue from the Holy See.

Two items have already been made public. First, was the instruction to the US Bishops [through Bp. Skylstad, Pres. of USCCB] that laypeople [extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist] may no longer purify the sacred vessels after Communion. This action rescinds the indult granted to the dioceses of the United States and calls into force the Universal Law of the Church on this matter. It may seem like a small matter, and common sense, and you may even say “not only should they not purify the sacred vessels, they shouldn't even go near them,” with which I whole-heartedly concur. But, based on the reaction of some of the older pastors that I’ve met from the States, it would seem that this action may have the desirable effect of reducing the occasions on which Communion is given under both kinds. In fact, in his letter to Bp. Skylstad, Card. Arinze went so far as to counsel the bishops to reiterate the teaching of the Council of Trent on the Doctrine of Concomitance. This gave the letter a rather unusual tenor.

Second, regarding the new translation of the Roman Missal ... it seems that while Pope Benedict was still the prefect of the CDF, he inaugurated a study of the proper and traditional ways in which the phrase from the Canon “pro multis” has been translated, with a view to resolving the ongoing debate over “for all” and “for [the] many” (BTW, this controversy is not unique to the English translation, most translations share this error). Within months of his election as Supreme Pontiff, Benedict instructed Cardinal Levada to continue this study, and that both Doctrine of the Faith and Divine Worship should present him with a single conclusion. Once again, it seems like common sense that since Latin has a perfectly good word for “all” (i.e. omnis) that we shouldn’t translate a word that means “many” as “all”. You would think. Well, guess what happened. Cardinal Levada and the CDF came to the conclusion that “pro multis” means “for all”, while the CDW concluded that it means either “for many” or “for the many”. Since these Congregations came to opposing conclusions on the matter, the CDW decided to present the Holy Father with an independent statement, which reportedly sent Cardinal Levada into a fury since he was told to present a single united conclusion by the Pope. It also turns out that the Holy Father has come to the conclusion that “for [the] many” is the only acceptable translation of that phrase.

Now, as regards the rumored indult ... the latest draft (which apparently has only been seen by a few people, AND has been kept from both the heads of CDF and the CDW – after all it’s a motu proprio of the Holy Father) is said to include the following features:

· A universal indult for any priest, anywhere, at anytime to celebrate previous uses of the Latin Rite. This is absolutely essential to its effect because it does NOT specify the Missal of 1962. It is also crucial to note that since this document liberates previous uses, it will mean freedom for the Dominican Use, etc. So the indult in itself is comprehensive and sweeping.

· As for the Bishops ... they are told in the second section that they are to moderate the use of previous editions of the Missal in their dioceses by providing time, place, clergy, etc. It does not – at this point – include any right for the bishop to forbid the previous use by his priests. The term ‘moderate’ is apparently defined in greater detail in the preamble to the motu proprio.

· The third item is a bit mysterious, but seems to address seminaries and priestly preparation.

It is important to note that there does not seem to be any reference to the right of the Faithful to have access to these older uses, but it would seem that a motu proprio is not really directed to the Faithful as much as to the bishops.

The feeling in Rome is one of great anticipation and it is the topic of many hallway discussions. One priest seminarian told me that in his dry Canon Law classes at the “Greg”, more than a couple students are brushing up on the old rubrics under their Law texts. I’m waiting for the moment after publication (Deo volente) when these discussions will move from the shadowy hallways to the dining room, where only the most politically correct discourse takes place.

There are many rumors about the possible date of publication of the motu proprio (anything from Nov 4 to the end of Nov). Who knows? And who knows if it will preserve the current features that I describe here. Whatever it is, it will be news to everyone, because apparently the Pope has NOT sought the advice of the curia in this matter, despite press reports to the contrary. If it does come out the way my friend described it ... then it will be nothing short of counter-revolutionary. I guess a million Rosaries can do anything.


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