“Pope Benedict, sensitive to those still clinging to the Tridentine Latin Mass … now grants a more generous application of that former liturgy.”
Oh, this is precious. I love the “still clinging” image: still clinging after 7 years in my case! And “former liturgy”? Well, the whole point of the Motu Proprio is to emphasize that the TLM isn’t “former” any longer.
“Priests who might want to celebrate the Tridentine Mass will be given a rubrical and Latin exam to comply with the Pope’s own statement, ‘The use of the old missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language.’“
I think we all know what to expect from the likes of Bishop Trautman in this regard. There is little doubt that he plans to make this “rubrical and Latin exam” (not a bad idea itself) intimidating enough to prevent any of his priests from celebrating the TLM. Let’s hope the Ecclesia Dei Commission deals swiftly and justly with roadblocks like this.