18 February 2011

Is the Pope going back on Summorum Pontificum?

Is the Pope going back on Summorum Pontificum?

The Pimpernel cannot believe that His Holiness wants or intends what is being reported about the forthcoming Instruction on Summorum Pontificum. Pope Benedict is a generous father. He does not want restrictions on the traditional rites. He wants them freely available.

But as the Pimpernel has said before, there are forces within the Vatican who want to harness the movement Summorum Pontificum unleashed before it gets too far. It seems that opponents of the sacred liturgy are trying every bureaucratic trick they can to undermine the Pope’s paternal benevolence. Knaves!

Cardinal William Levada
President of the "Ecclesia Dei" Commission
Is His Eminence implementng the Holy Father's wishes
or undermining them?
Again the Pimpernel cries “To arms”! It is time for earnest prayer and concerted action. The Holy Father needs our help. He must hear the voices of his subjects raised in loyal but clear protest!

Pray and pray more. Act. Support and spread the appeal here. If there is anything else you can do, do it. If you put this off until tomorrow it may be too late.


  1. All Traditional Catholics who desire the old rite should band together in every diocese and petition each Bishop (Ordinary) to sustain the traditional Mass and traditional Sacraments and if not done implement a daily low Mass. We will start our petition today.

  2. Give us more on Cardinal Leveda.


  3. But the Church needs regulation, and regulation will be seen by some people as restriction.

  4. Pimplenel,

    I would hope that you would be declaring your absolute obedience to whatever the 'Vicar of Christ' declares in due course. Loyal submission, demned sir!

    I trust if the latest gossip about the 'Instruction' proves to be true you will have the moral integrity to write a post entitled "Traddieland Weeps" after your attcack on Fr. Anthony Ruff.

  5. Rubricarius, your spelling seems to be deserting you, good sir, here as elsewhere!

    You may rest assured that the Pimpernel preaches and practices due obedience to authority in matters liturgical and shall continue to do so. He uses the current ICEL translations despite knowing them faulty, and the 1962 books whilst wishing them improved, but obeys nonetheless.

    But obedience, demned sir, does not prevent he (and some thousands of others it seems) from making loyal appeal to authority which (if you read it) includes assurance of that loyalty.

    The Pimpernel shan't be weeping, sir, let alone writing open letters claiming to do so. He will stand with the Church, as ever. As a loyal son he may question and protest, but he will obey, finding therin his moral integrity.

  6. Jack O'Malley19 February 2011 at 15:47

    LP: ... does not prevent he (and some thousands of others it seems) from making loyal appeal ...

    It appears that syntax is as much a stumbling block as orthography among liturgical doctrinaires.

    As to the larger point, I doubt that the pope is "paternally benevolent" in matters of liturgical tradition. This attitude is redolent of the Russian obsequiousness towards the "benevolent Father Tsar" even as his dragoons massacred the starving throngs.

    I welcomed Ratzinger's election (best of a bad lot) and thought to give him time to prove himself. Yet we have received nothing but the crumbs of the papal banquet. The most subtantial being "reciprocal enrichment."

    But perhaps he will finally celebrate the True Mass publicly for the first time. At Assisi III. Sure. Sic transit stultitia simplicium.

  7. Traditional Catholics should not be praying for what they personally want, or even what one they think the Church needs, but what the Church actually does need. The latter may intersect with the former, but it may not as well.

  8. Anonymous 20:45,

    What people "think" is needed will naturally also be understood by them as what is "actually" needed as well. But beyond that, let's remember that the Church does afford the faithful the right to petition.