Motumania: Significance and Disrespect

As my faithful Count has informed you, the scoop has indeed been whispered in the loggia, for now, at least the first two Latin paragraphs. So much for my hoax theory of the title. Rock does hint he’ll print summorum it before Saturday.

I immediately went to St Blog’s slavishly accurate translator to see if he’s deciphered it. But no. I did note that the three-year trial period, which many of us heard about last week, is causing some gnashing of teeth and hopeful wringing of hands.

The bloggers at Rorate Caeli have posted a notice, in effect till Saturday. There’s a bit of hyperbole included:

There is no doubt that this is the most significant document of this pontificate, whose release has been carefully crafted by the Holy Father himself — and we will not disrespect his desire, as his enemies and their worldwide network of influences, are wont to do.

Excuse me, but I seem to remember an encyclical touching upon one of the cardinal virtues. Maybe a book or two on a fairly important person. This is a three-page motu proprio: important surely, but I would think that Jesus and love somehow are more significant to believers and even non-believers. As a liturgist, naturally I think liturgy is important, but even I’ll concede there are elements of my faith more vital than the language or style or even the reverence of the liturgy that expresses it.

Where one blogger is loathe to disrespect the Holy Father’s “desire.” I can respect that; no problem. But lumping well-connected journalists and even opponents of the loosened permission for the “Missal of John XXIII” with enemies of the pope? That seems a bit of a stretch.

Yes, be cheerful and rejoice all you want on Saturday. Can we just request some perspective on the greater things?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Motumania: Significance and Disrespect

  1. Gavin says:

    Excuse me, but I seem to remember an encyclical touching upon one of the cardinal virtues. Maybe a book or two on a fairly important person.

    And this (that is, true sensibility) is why your blog is among my regular visits, Todd!

    Is it just me, or is the MP serving to further polarize the Reform2 – Traditionalist divide?

  2. Liam says:

    The letter on China released last week if *far* more important than the MP.

  3. John Heavrin says:

    Maybe, Liam, maybe not. One has been out for all of six days, the other is yet to be released, yet you’ve already reached a judgment of this sort? That’s laughable. At least wait for the translation mistakes to be pointed out to render a verdict.

    The only certainty is that the “importance” and real effect of either document will take years to unfold and to assess.

    To both: Deo gratias! and we go forward.

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