Liturgical diversity is not inconsistent with the unity of the Catholic faith. This has been clear through the centuries in the diversity of rites, East and West. And it is clear with special relevance to your priestly fraternity in Summorum Pontificum. It is also the same principal that is operative in the new Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, establishing Ordinariates for former Anglicans who desire full communion with the Catholic Church, whilst at the same time preserving some of the richness of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony.It occurred today (3/3/10) at the dedication of the FSSP seminary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Lincoln Nebraska.
listen to full homily here
What we have here is the unveiling of the pope's two prong approach to liturgical reform. On the one hand, the Holy Father has liberated the Usus Antiquior (Traditional Latin Mass) for the restoration and renewal of tradition in the Catholic Church. In doing this, the Holy Father is not attempting to take the Church back to the pre-conciliar time, but rather pick up where the Church left off after the council, but before the implementation of the Missal of Pope Paul VI in 1970. (Remember, there was a five year window after the council when the Usus Antiquior was still the one and only mass in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.) On the other hand, the Holy Father has now brought back into the fold of the Catholic Church, those Protestants who long to be Catholic, and have a fervent love of Catholic tradition. Having already been snubbed by many Catholic bishops throughout the world, these tradition seeking Protestants have now been given their own "ordinariates" with their own bishops, who will see to it that they are given free reign to return to the Catholic Church unhindered, and bring their love for tradition with them.
So now we see the unveiling of the pope's master plan to restore liturgical order to the Catholic Church, and here we begin to see the beginning of the end for the Novus Ordo culture. However, I have a feeling the Holy Father is not done yet. There is but another shoe to drop.