Thursday, September 27, 2007

Motu Proprio and the Ambrosian Rite

Dear NLM readers,

I'm writing after a long hiatus to give you finally news about the situation in Milan after the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum".

The situation in the Archdiocese is the worst one can imagine.

At the end of August, the Diocesan Congregation for the Ambrosian Rite, under the precidency of the pro-president Msgr. Luigi Manganini - a well known hater of the Traditional Ambrosian Rite - decided that the Motu Proprio wouldn't apply to the Ambrosian Rite.

This decision was taken without any previous consultation with the Roman authority.

In a meeting with the deans of the Archdiocese, the omnipotent Vicar for the Evangelization, i.e. the same Msgr. Manganini, formally stated that the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice and of all Sacraments according to the old liturgical books was still completey forbidden, with no exception but the only small chapel of San Rocco, where it is still allowed, only ad experimentum since 1985, untill it will be decided to suppress it, because it is considered irrelevant and decandent. Manganini stated that -after 22 years of Mass!- the congregation who gathers there isn't to be considered a "coetus", mentioned in the Motu Proprio.

The President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" was informed in person of everything, and has shown great concern over the matter.

Mr. Andrea Tornielli, a vaticanist for "Il Giornale" newspaper, has recently written a number of excellent articles about this subject, that you can read on "Il Giornale" website:

A discussion is also open on his weblog:

Also Sandro Magister has recently mentioned this matter on his blog: "Settimo Cielo", announcing that a document may be issued shortly in order to extend the Motu Proprio also to the Ambrosian Rite.

I hope to be able to give you futher news very soon.

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