I’m posting links for some articles about what the pope did in releasing the document which is translated as “Guardians of Tradition.” It was accompanied by a letter which is as bad as the motu proprio itself.
Is the title of the document a joke? Guardian of Tradition?
Does anyone believe the pope is a “guardian of tradition” while he destroys tradition?
Pope Francis claims to want unity as he increases division in the Church. He told us several years ago, he’s not afraid of schism. Does this take us one step closer? Frankly, I think Pope Francis wants schism. Throw out all those benighted Latin Mass devotees who are rigid and pharisaical. They cling to their bibles and their guns. Oh wait, that’s not Francis, just his alter ego, another master of division.
The tradition of the western church was the Latin Mass from the 7th century onward! According to Fr. Adrian Fortescue’s work, The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy, published in1912, the Latin Mass of today pretty much follows the format promulgated in the 7th century. As Fr. Fortescue described it, “From roughly the time of St. Gregory [d. 604] we have the text of the Mass, its order and arrangement, as a sacred tradition that no one has ventured to touch except in unimportant details.” [You can read Fr. Fortescue’s book on line here.]
In 1570 Pope Pius V, following the request of the Council of Trent promulgated the Roman Missal which is still in use today with little change. Think of it. What Pope Francis is suppressing was the TRADITION of all those holy men and women who have gone before us: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Alphonsus, St. Francis, St. Therese of Lisieux, the North American martyrs, Don Bosco, Edmund Campion, Thomas More, St. John Fisher, Padre Pio, Damien de Veuster, Catherine of Siena, and on and on. That’s ourtradition! And Francis is bent on destroying it, twisting words like Big Brother’s minions in the dystopian novel, 1984.
And what an insult to Our Lady to do it on her feast day! I’m sure that pleases Satan who hates her almost as much as he hates Christ.
Pope Francis and the bishops are, indeed, the custodians of the SACRED TRADITION, but Francis and his wrecking crew are betraying it. What an insult to pretend that the Novus Ordo, created by a commission filled with Protestants, replaced the SACRED TRADITION passed on for almost 1500 years. Are we to believe that the “new baby” created at Vatican II out of whole cloth from Cranmer’s Mass could really replace the SACRED TRADITION of the Latin Mass.
We will see how the bishops respond to this. Remember, Pope Francis is the “synodal pope” who claims to want to give the bishops more authority, but this motu proprio does exactly the opposite. The bishops have to bend to the authority of Rome if they want to continue the Latin Mass and Rome favors more restrictions. In fact, I’m wondering if any of the Latin Masses available near me will disappear because of this statement in the document:
“§ 2. indicates one or more places where the faithful adhering to these groups can gather for the Eucharistic celebration (but not in parish churches and without erecting any new personal parishes).”
If the faithful may not gather in parish churches and no new parishes can be erected, where are the Masses supposed to be said? We have no Latin Mass parishes in my diocese. So where is the Latin Mass supposed to be said if it is forbidden in the parishes? At the fairgrounds? In safe houses with hidey holes? At present Bishop Burbidge is allowing the Latin Mass to continue while he studies the document. But what next?
In the meantime read the document and check out further commentary on it.
ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy
Pope Francis’ Traditionis Custodes: Five Consequences of the New Motu Proprio Curtailing the Latin Mass
Archbishop Cordileone: Traditional Latin Mass will continue in San Francisco
Pope Francis restricts celebration of traditional Latin Mass
This kind of commentary is exactly the sort of thing that gives the Pope ammunition to make the kind of outlandish climbs he did in the document.
We need to be more careful.
Maire Ide: I understand that you are saying this from a position of caution, and to a point I agree that we must be careful and not say anything that can be seized upon and used as an example of how bad trads are, (except that will be done in any event- what I call a “Reichstag fire” situation will be confected). What we must do is be careful to always take it back to what they have done – taken the Mass away from Catholics who simply want to attend the Mass. The Mass was taken away by the Catholic Church – which has forbidden Catholics to attend the two thousand year liturgy that was celebrated by the saints. It wasn’t a heretical Mass it was the Mass that was the foundation of western civilisation and Catholic thought and the centre of the Catholic Faith for two thousand years. It doesn’t matter what they say; “Divisive”, “unity”, “against Vatican 2” – whatever criticism they make (and they seem to come up with very unChristian criticisms- do not be deflected, they are ruses: the fact is, the Mass has been denied by the Catholic Church to Catholics, and that is the end of it and that is a fact.
The other thing is, to remember that a lot of Novus Ordo Catholics are appalled at this act, so keep courteous and use it as an opportunity to engage, remembering even if they say insulting things, or defend Francis (and don’t criticise him by any means), correct them but use courtesy, charity and kindness – it is actually a really good opportunity. I have had two occasions where Novus Ordo people have told me that they would like to go to Latin Mass now – so you never know, God writes straight in crooked lines (or however it goes)..