Traditionis Custodes Final Declaration

The final word in the document. Not really much here, other than an insistence on implementation:

Everything that I have declared in this Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio, I order to be observed in all its parts, anything else to the contrary notwithstanding, even if worthy of particular mention, and I establish that it be promulgated by way of publication in “L’Osservatore Romano”, entering immediately in force and, subsequently, that it be published in the official Commentary of the Holy See, Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Given at Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 16 July 2021, the liturgical Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the ninth year of Our Pontificate.

Have the hopes of 1988 and 2007 been raised too high, then dashed? Would a bishop’s good will and oversight have been satisfactory prior to the Ecclesia Dei commission? And what do you suppose the future of the TLM is now? A slow fade into 22nd century obscurity, or an underground movement of intentional communities?

My sense is that the thriving gatherings are fruitful less for the actual celebration of liturgy and more for the intentional Christianity they express. When a faith community has a mission–be it a parish, religious order, a base community or small group, or what have you, a certain fruitfulness is inevitable.

The approved English translation is here

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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