Thursday, May 15, 2008

Osservatore Romano on New FSSP Rome Parish - An Example for Dioceses the World Over

Tomorrow's edition of the Osservatore Romano has the following article on the erection of the Roman personal parish for the faithful attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite (my translation):

The First "Personal Parish" in Rome for the Traditionalist Faithful

"An important act that applies at Rome the recent motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" of Benedict XVI." Thus Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, stresses the significance of establishing a parish in the center of Rome for the spiritual needs of the traditionalist faithful, who follow normally the "extraordinary form" of the liturgy of the Roman Rite.

A decree of the Cardinal Vicar Camillo Ruini has in fact erected in recent days the "personal parish" of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, entrusting it to the pastoral care of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

"This is an act disposed by the Pope for the diocese of Rome which has a value in itself, in the progressive path of putting into application the motu proprio on the Roman liturgy before the reform carried out in 1970," explains the president of the Vatican commission which deals with relations with the faithful attached to the previous Latin liturgical tradition, especially those so far in various ways related to the fraternity founded by Msgr Marcel Lefebvre who wish to remain united to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church. But - adds Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos - "the realization of a personal parish also has an exemplary value for other dioceses, both in Italy and elsewhere."

The church, attached to the archconfraternity of the Holy Trinity of pilgrims and convalescents, is located on the territory of the first Municipality of Rome and is a subsidiary of the parish of Saints Biagio and Carlo in Catinari, in the center pastoral sector of the diocese.

To the new parish - it says in the decree of Cardinal Ruini - and to its parish priests "pro tempore" are granted the same rights as enjoyed by the other parishes of Rome and their parish priests according to the common law; at the same time it has the same obligations and duties as the other parishes, while for the administration and the maintenance of the parish priest rules promulgated by the Italian Bishops' Conference and the Vicariate of Rome will be observed.

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