Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A scholarly response to the Bishop of Rome

Sandro Magister on the papal punishment of the Friars of the Immaculate:

In Defense of the Franciscans Punished by Pope Francis

There is a lot to digest and the analysis by the scholars should be read carefully. Here are a couple snippets.

The decree of the congregation for institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life of July 11, 2013 (prot. 52741/2012) […] is an act of such gravity as not to be capable of being considered of mere internal relevance for the intended recipients alone. […] 

 The decree imposes upon the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate - contrary to what is established by the bull "Quo Primum" of Saint Pius V and by the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" of Benedict XVI - a ban on celebrating the traditional Mass.

In doing so, it deprives of a good of incommensurable value - the Mass (celebrated in the ancient Roman rite) - both the friars and the faithful who through the ministry of the friars have been able to participate in the Tridentine Mass, as well as all of those who in the future could eventually have participated in it.

And this.

Thus the prohibition, save authorization, established by the decree objectively fails to take into account this universal legislation of the Church, deliberating - through an act evidently to be subordinated to it (in terms of both matter and form) - in a way that contrasts with the universal and permanent discipline. Which, by reason of its apostolic origins, enjoys - as illustrious scholars argue - the character of irreformability. 

 The prohibition of the celebration of the Tridentine Mass on the part of the decree is unjustly discriminatory toward the Latin-Gregorian rite, which not only dates back from the Council of Trent to St. Gregory the Great, and from these to the apostolic tradition, but according to the unequivocal appreciation of the motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum" of Benedict XVI must be "duly honoured for its venerable and ancient usage." It, in fact, is an expression of the “lex orandi" of the Church. It is therefore a good to be protected. Not an evil to be shunned.


  1. Yes..... Certain persons are awaiting a letter from Rome outlining new policy’s not only for the EF but also OF. I am hoping this won’t be in a spirit of "we got rid of that nasty TLM and we don’t want anything to even resemble it".

    unrelated...how are you all doing in the new place?


  2. Hey Ben! Still getting settled, will be in touch when we finally do (hoping by next month). So many changes...

    God bless, and you are all in my prayers (please pray for us, too).