PrayTell reports on the Cincinnati archbishop’s letter to clergy referencing Phoenix and Madison:
Having contacted the Secretariat for Divine Worship at the USCCB, I was informed that it is not a matter of the indult expiring. Rather the indult has been supplanted by The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (283)
So much for the indult-expiration reason. It was flimsy enough before this important clarification.
This web site will eventually get to GIRM 283. Good to know that at least one bishop is getting a solid opinion on the GIRM. But it all seems pretty clear.
Now, it is true that the GIRM permits a bishop to set local norms. The question always remains: are drastic changes to existing norms advisable?
As a parent, I can alter norms on say, my daughter’s weekly allowance. If chores are not getting done, I might withhold money. Maybe even all of it, if I think she should be earning spending money from child-sitting and checkout at the local grocery store. But maybe it would be wise to consult my wife first. Or negotiate with the young miss. Or consider the witness of the apostle:
Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.
Just ask some of your good Catholic fathers (and mothers), bishops. You’ll get better advice than you will from the careerism crew in the Vatican, or on the net.