Dust I Am offers a reality check in the midst of the spontaneous optimism generated by Summorum Pontificum. Time to sober up!
“Desirous of fulfilling the pastoral needs of those who seek the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the rite of the 1962 Roman Missal, I will celebrate Holy Mass in this extraordinary form on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2007, at Saint Joseph’s Co-Cathedral at 7:00pm …”
Is this not incredible? The ancient Mass returning to the cathedrals. Catholic bishops leading the way. Who even dared to dream of such a thing in years past? Expect to see more stories like this. Bishops and priests can now lead with confidence, knowing that the Holy Father stands squarely behind them. There is something “in the air” with this pontificate. Tradition is beginning to breathe freely again, without fear of reprisals.
“Hats off!” to the vigilant reporters at Rorate Caeli, who brought this glorious news to the world with great care and integrity.
I can’t even begin to express my joy. For the first time as a Catholic, let me just say that I no longer feel like the red-headed stepchild. It was hard not to weep while reading the MP itself. All I could do was to mutter quietly to my wife, “We have a Pope. We have a Pope.” Thanks be to God, we have a Pope!
The MP is direct, authoritative, and totally unambiguous. It is the Holy Father’s will that the ancient rite be restored wheresoever it is loved. The relevant text:
“In parishes, where there is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition, the pastor should willingly accept their requests to celebrate the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962, and ensure that the welfare of these faithful harmonises with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the guidance of the bishop in accordance with canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church …
If a group of lay faithful, as mentioned in art. 5 õ 1, has not obtained satisfaction to their requests from the pastor, they should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is strongly requested to satisfy their wishes. If he cannot arrange for such celebration to take place, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ …
A bishop who, desirous of satisfying such requests, but who for various reasons is unable to do so, may refer the problem to the Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ to obtain counsel and assistance.”
Long live Pope Benedict XVI!
This is very big news in my opinion. At long last, we have an American Catholic bishop challenging the “old earth” dogma that is required to support various theories of macro-evolution. The evolutionists – including many Catholics, unfortunately – are going to flip over this, so he needs our prayers. Writing the Catholic Sentinel to express your support wouldn’t hurt either. God bless Bishop Vasa and may his tribe increase!
“There is a certain reluctance on my part and, I suspect, on the part of many in our western culture to give any real serious consideration to the possibility that the earth is much younger than the scientific community would have us believe.
The categorical rejection in most circles of anything even faintly resembling a questioning of the doctrine of evolution is met with nothing short of ridicule and scorn. One almost forgets that evolution is still referred to as a theory, not as a doctrine as I have done above …”