Category Archives: Traditionis Custodes

Cardinal Sarah on Traditionis Custodes

The NCReg has a translation of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s essay on credibility, liturgy, and rupture. The good cardinal, and former head of the Roman dicastery for liturgy is earnest, well-meaning, but perhaps fumbles his argument a bit on a few … Continue reading

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TC Letter 13: Prayer

Pope Francis concludes his letter to Catholic bishops with prayer: Upon you I invoke the Spirit of the risen Lord, that he may make you strong and firm in your service to the People of God entrusted to you by … Continue reading

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TC Letter 12: How To Proceed

After telling the bishops they are in charge in their own dioceses, not Rome, and not individual clergy, some advice: Indications about how to proceed in your dioceses are chiefly dictated by two principles: on the one hand, to provide … Continue reading

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TC Letter 11: Episcopal Authority and Responsibility

Here, a reiteration of Church teaching on the role of the pope: Vatican Council II, when it described the catholicity of the People of God, recalled that “within the ecclesial communion” there exist the particular Churches which enjoy their proper … Continue reading

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TC Letter 10: Abrogation

Whether it was 100%, 50, 15 (the various figures I’ve seen) the bishops of the world apparently gave Pope Francis ample input, and this is how he presents it: Responding to your requests, I take the firm decision to abrogate … Continue reading

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TC Letter 9: The Sacrament of Unity

In his explanatory letter accompanying Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis did not number his document. I’m identifying each post for easier reference and to sequence this effort. In this post, a brief ninth paragraph: Dear brothers in the Episcopate, Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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TC Letter 8: A Final Reason, Unity

Heading into this final concern of Pope Francis, it’s important to sort out a distinction between unity and uniformity. The latter involves people doing virtually the same thing while heading in the same direction. Unity involves taking different paths and … Continue reading

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TC Letter 7: Why Did Pope Francis Change The Legislation On The TLM

To answer the question, we begin even before Vatican II: The objective of the modification of the permission granted by my Predecessors is highlighted by the Second Vatican Council itself. From the vota submitted by the Bishops there emerged a … Continue reading

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TC Letter 6: Abuses

At the same time, I am saddened by abuses in the celebration of the liturgy on all sides. In common with Benedict XVI, I deplore the fact that “in many places the prescriptions of the new Missal are not observed … Continue reading

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TC Letter 5: The Survey

The previous paragraphs of this letter outlined, in brief, the history of the 1962 Missal, post-Vatican II. Last year, the CDF quizzed the world’s bishops on the situation in their dioceses 2007-20. With the passage of thirteen years, I instructed … Continue reading

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TC Letter 4: Pope Benedict’s Hope

Here, Pope Francis speaks for his predecessor. Is there anything unfairly presented here? In making their decision they were confident that such a provision would not place in doubt one of the key measures of Vatican Council II or minimize … Continue reading

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TC Letter 3: Developments 1988-2007

Most of this paragraph seems a factual account of the two decades prior to Pope Benedict’s motu proprio of 2007. First, the sense that the use of the 1962 Missal was somewhat elevated from a special permission to a centerpiece … Continue reading

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TC Letter 2: John Paul II’s Motives

Pope Francis reminds the bishops with a brief history of his second predecessor’s directives on the 1962 Missal. First, an indult was granted through the CDWDS. Second, a generous use of the Missal was hopeful of avoiding schism and disunity. … Continue reading

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TC Letter 1: Introduction

Traditionis Custodes has dropped. I won’t say like a bomb, like some intemperate and excitable commentators have mentioned. While the document is certainly discouraging in many respects to advocates for the traditional Latin Mass, it is hardly the end of … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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