Thursday, May 17, 2007

Something is afoot...

Fr Z has the scoop. Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos has been speaking to the Latin American bishops and is pretty forthright about the fact that something is coming regarding the increased use of the 1962 Missal:
[...]the Holy Father has the intention of extending to the whole Latin Church the possibility of celebrating the Holy Mass and the Sacraments according to the liturgical books promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962. For this liturgy, which was never abolished, and that, as we have said, is considered a treasure, a new and renewed interest exists today and also for this reason the Holy Father thinks that the time has come to facilitate, as the first Commission Cardenalicia had wanted it in 1986, the access to this liturgy, doing [sic] of her an extraordinary form of the only Roman rite.
I know that many of my readers will be enthusiastic about this. I know that some are going to be frustrated that this is taking so much time. And I know too that there are some decent and holy Catholics who find the question of the 1962 Missal unimportant or who even have reservations about the movement to encourage its wider use.
My advice to Catholics of all hues - listen to the Holy Father and pray for him. Allow him the space and the time to do this properly and with prudence. Don't rely on the secular press to report this accurately.