Saturday, March 31, 2007

Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant ! Start Practicing Your Latin, Folks!

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Father Z, quoting Rorate Coeli, quoting LeFigaro, quoting Cardinal Bertone, says that the Moto Proprio is on and Latin and the 1962 Tridentine Mass will be sweeping the globe.

Let's see: Puer amat Puella. As you can see my Latin from 9th & 10th grade in the 50s is somewhat primitive. But I have a Cassell's Latin English paperback dictionary and a bid in on eBay that probably won't stay at $15.50 for a 1953 missal once this news gets out.

With a biretta tip to Rorate and commentors on this blog. o{]:¬)

Card. Bertone confirmed in an interview with Le Figaro, to be published in the Sunday magazine insert, that there is a Motu Proprio which will give every priest in the world the faculty (or remove any debate about the faculty) to celebrate Mass using the so-called "Tridentine" Rite.

I can’t get here the Sunday insert for Le Figaro, since there is a reduced edition sold in the edicole here. According to sources, the magazine of Le Figaro has this (my translation and emphasis):

Is a Decree broadening the possibility of celebrating the Latin Mass according to the rite from before Vatican II (the so-called Mass of St. Pius V) still planned?

Cardinal Bertone: ... the Missal published in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, with its own calendar, ... there is no valid reason not to grant to every priest in the whole world the right to celebrate according to this form. ... The publication of the Motu Proprio detailing this authorization will take place ("aura lieu"), but it will be the Pope himself who will spell out his reasons and the framework of his decision. The Sovereign Pontiff will personally give his vision for using the old Missal to the Christian people and in particular to the bishops.
So, several things can be gathered here.

1) It will be the 1962 Missale Romanum, and not another edition, such as the 1965.
2) It appears the calendar may be left unchanged.
3) It will concerned all priests, which means religious and not just diocesan.
4) It will happen, but no timeframe is given.

I note with interest the Cardinal’s statement that the Pope is going to explain this to the bishops in particular. Given that this is a French publication, and the French bishops were the major opponents to this move, this is like a shot over their bow.

A great deal is still left for the Pope to explain. I gather this means the M.P. must be entirely in his hands at this point. He is a) still revising or b) preparing his explanations. You can bet he will talk about his reasons for doing this with great clarity.

Many of us thought it might happen this week and that it is unlikely it would be during Holy Week… though I still won’t rule that out categorically.

His dictis ... at some point soon you might think about heading to the store to get that bottle of Veuve Clicquot, or whatever it is you prefer.

o{];¬)

Note to those of you who gave up drinking for Lent. Don't crack open the Champagne until Easter!
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