Monday, April 10, 2006

CNA Vatican Source saying its not a matter of "IF" but simply a matter of "When" (was: Potential update)

Alright, here's the long awaited update. It turns out not to be absolute confirmation, but it is getting closer.

I had heard of a tidbit which seemed to suggest some kind of written confirmation of decisions about this whole matter. As it turns out, it is still at the rumour phase, however, it does seem to come from a reputable source (Catholic News Agency) and in a way that is suggesting this is basically a done deal from the Pope's perspective -- of course, until we hear the Pope say it, it still, unfortunately, can only be called rumour and not fact.

I finally found this "tidbit" on this blog from Australia. I tried to confirm the CNA story, but their site is presently down -- and actually, it has been all day, but for the early morning.

For now, here it is, and I've bolded the section I consider to be somewhat "new" and encouraging:

Pope may grant wider use of Pius V Missal during Holy Week Vatican City, Apr. 10, 2006 (CNA)

A source at the Vatican has told CNA that during Holy Week Pope Benedict XVI may grant universal permission to use the Missal of St. Pius V, the liturgical rite used in the Church before Vatican II. According to the source, the announcement could come “between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday,” but the exact day has not yet been set. Nevertheless, the source said the decision has already been made by the Holy Father and that it’s “only a matter of time” before it is publicly announced. “A minor official gesture by the Holy Father would be enough to allow the Mass according to the 1962 Missal to celebrated by whoever desires to do so, thus reiterating that this rite is still valid today simply because it was not abolished,” the source told CNA. The announcement would be in the context of “the reform of the reform” that Pope Benedict XVI is promoting, which includes norms and principles that will be made public in the upcoming post-synod Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist. At the same time, such a gesture by the Pope could contribute to ending the schism with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI named three new members to the Ecclesia Dei Commission, created by Pope John Paul II in order to reach out to the Lefebvrists. They are Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Richard, Archbishop of Bordeaux of president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, and Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain.

[Incidentally, this appears to be what Antonio was also referring to in the NLM comments section, but in Spanish. Second, possibly related to this whole matter as pertains to the SSPX, the Holy Father met with the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops today according to Vatican Information Service.

NLM is going to be scouring the sources to keep looking for updates, and in particular concrete affirmation. In the end, that seems likely to be when the Holy Father himself speaks.]

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