We’ll look at the third and fourth paragraphs of Traditionis Custodes in this post. Pope Francis mentions that last year’s assessment of Summorum Pontificum continued the intent of his predecessor in the Chair of Peter. Make what you will of the fact this was carried out not by a liturgical body but by the CDF, which absorbed the Ecclesia Dei indult effort some years prior.
In line with the initiative of my Venerable Predecessor Benedict XVI to invite the bishops to assess the application of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum three years after its publication, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith carried out a detailed consultation of the bishops in 2020. The results have been carefully considered in the light of experience that has matured during these years.
This tells us one simple fact: the CDF asked the world’s bishops how the use of the Traditional Latin Mass was faring. This document is the result of that survey. This paragraph leads into its particular articles:
At this time, having considered the wishes expressed by the episcopate and having heard the opinion of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I now desire, with this Apostolic Letter, to press on ever more in the constant search for ecclesial communion.
This phrase suggests we lack something as a Church. It’s not just a matter of a uniform way of worship or an overarching pattern, but some quality that is of the Body, and something that is more deeply connecting ourselves with one another and with Jesus.
Therefore, I have considered it appropriate to establish the following:
And soon enough, we will get to these articles.
The quick translation is here.