Category Archives: Traditionis Custodes

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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Traditionis Custodes 8: Abrogation

Just in case there was any doubt about the place of this motu proprio in Church law, Pope Francis is explicit: Art. 8. Previous norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform to the provisions of the present Motu … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 7: Dicasteries In Charge

Formerly, the Ecclesia Dei Commission had been folded into the orbit of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). That will no longer be the case.  Art. 7. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 6: Religious Orders

Art. 6. Institutes of consecrated life and Societies of apostolic life, erected by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, fall under the competence of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies for Apostolic Life. This removes religious orders and … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 5: Priests Who Are Currently Using the 1962 Missal

Pope Francis calls the priest to formally request of his bishop to continue presiding with the celebration of the 1962 Missal: Art. 5. Priests who already celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 should request from the diocesan Bishop … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 4: Newly Ordained Priests

Art. 4. Priests ordained after the publication of the present Motu Proprio, who wish to celebrate using the Missale Romanum of 1962, should submit a formal request to the diocesan Bishop who shall consult the Apostolic See before granting this … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§6: No New Groups

The shortest direction given to the local bishop: §6. to take care not to authorize the establishment of new groups. Even before Traditionis Custodes hit, there was a lot of survey, sputter, misinformation, and counterclaims on just how many Catholics … Continue reading

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Perspective

My memories of my grad student days–the 1980s–were ones of optimism. Those of us in liturgy were hopeful the second wave of rites, and especially the new Sacramentary would be coming soon. Better translations, incorporation of newly composed prayers for … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§5: Verify Spiritual Growth

Under article 3, the local bishop is tasked … §5. to proceed suitably to verify that the parishes canonically erected for the benefit of these faithful are effective for their spiritual growth, and to determine whether or not to retain … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§4: The Bishop’s Delegate

We continue our slow and careful look at Traditionis Custodies. Article 3 is divided into six parts which detail specific duties of the local bishop. Without ceding his responsibility, Pope Francis indicates that a priest be appointed as a delegate … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§3: Calendar and Readings

This sub-article informs us that the bishop sets the calendar for Masses celebrated with the 1962 Missal. The note on the first part refers to prayers for saints, suggesting that the deciding factor is the liturgical calendar, not particular weekdays, … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§2: TLM Locations

This sub-article is one of the directives getting the most attention and the most fuss. §2. (The bishop) is to designate one or more locations where the faithful adherents of these groups may gather for the eucharistic celebration (not however … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 3§1: An Important Determination

Article 3 outlines six directives tasked to the local ordinary. We will cover these carefully, one at a time.  Art. 3. The bishop of the diocese in which until now there exist one or more groups that celebrate according to … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 2: The Responsibility of the Bishop

The prescription in article 2 should not be a surprise to any watcher of Pope Francis. His clear initiative is that bishops take responsibility for their dioceses, and work together doing so. Vatican II (through its liturgy constitution), the ritual … Continue reading

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Traditionis Custodes 1: Lex Orandi

The first of eight articles is brief, but one sentence: Art. 1. The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the … Continue reading

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