RENQTC: The Direction We Wish To Move

The document known as Responses and Explanatory Notes to Questions on Traditionis Custodes dropped last weekend. From here on out, let’s use the acronym so I don’t have to keep copying and pasting the whole name into the script: RENQTC.

The questions and answers are of varying relevance depending on one’s circumstances, but I found the extended introduction to have some interesting points. Writing of the motu proprio …

The first aim is to continue “in the constant search for ecclesial communion” (Traditionis custodes, Preamble) which is expressed by recognizing in the liturgical books promulgated by the Popes Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of the Second Vatican Council, the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite (cf. Traditionis custodes, n. 1). This is the direction in which we wish to move, and this is the meaning of the responses we publish here.

Ecclesial communion is a value strongly held by the Chair of Peter and all those who sit there. Vatican II is part of that, and the direction spoken of here is part of the future of the Church. A future in which people are making the journey together.

Every prescribed norm has always the sole purpose of preserving the gift of ecclesial communion by walking together, with conviction of mind and heart, in the direction indicated by the Holy Father.

There is a sorrow expressed, that the advent of generous permissions for the traditional Latin Mass, has maintained or deepened rancor and division:

It is sad to see how the deepest bond of unity, the sharing in the one Bread broken which is His Body offered so that all may be one (cf. John 17:21), becomes a cause for division. It is the duty of the Bishops, cum Petro et sub Petro, to safeguard communion, which, as the Apostle Paul reminds us (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:17-34), is a necessary condition for being able to participate at the Eucharistic table.

The full context of that passage is important. It is not just about serious sin and receiving Communion or not. It is a much larger issue, and all bishops are responsible for this expression of the Church which we profess at Mass as One.

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