Monday, 29 July 2013

Pope Francis and the Old Rite

This news is just in from Sandro Magister's site. Pope Francis seems to be coming down on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, a religious order who has been quite enthusiastic in its celebration of the traditional Mass. But Pope Francis has just issued a decree stating the following: 
the Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is required to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite and that, if the occasion should arise, the use of the extraordinary form (Vetus Ordo) must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities, for every religious and/or community that makes the request.
This seems to be a direct contradiction of Pope Benedict in Summorum Pontificum, according to which no explicit permission from higher authorities is required for the celebration of the "extraordinary form." 

I will admit to being quite frightened and disturbed by this. I do not like to attack the Pope, as other traditionalists tend to do. But neither can I sit back and dismiss it lightly. But I suppose I shouldn't be surprised... This has happened before, and quite frankly, has been happening for a long time. Tradition is being attacked. 

I won't go any further than that, except to ask that we continue to pray and pray hard for the Church, and for Pope Francis especially. Also that we traditionalists not give in to the temptations of despair or bitterness which the devil will most likely be sending us.


  1. The line has been drawn. ☺
    God bless Pope Francis for rooting out lukewarmness, as they were bi-ritual and thus ambivalent about using the Novus Ordo vs. the "Extraordinary Form."

  2. I guess that's one way to look at it. :)

  3. Well said sir.