Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First images from the Roman Summorum Pontificum Conference

The NLM's good friend, John Sonnen (also of the blog, ORBIS CATHOLICVS) kindly sent in some photographs to the NLM of the first day of the Summorum Pontificum conference being held in Rome.

(From left to right: unknown, Msgr. Camille Perl, Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, O.P -- founder of Giovani e Tradizione)

(Don Nicola Bux, a consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, presents his paper)

(Fr. Joseph Kramer, FSSP, parish priest of Ss. Trinita dei Pellegrini, presents his paper)

(As John and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of WDTPRS have both noted, there was an unexpected visit by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos to the conference. He received a standing ovation.)

(Photo credits: John Sonnen)

Catholic News Service has this to say about the Cardinal's remarks: Cardinal: Some not satisfied even after pope's Tridentine Mass decree. (It should be eminently clear as well of course that the Cardinal is not castigating all attached to the ancient rites, but rather is speaking of a certain sort of mindset on the part of some who are so attached. Indeed, let's keep that all in proper perspective. Moreover, this was not the sole focus of the Cardinal.)

More interesting in that Catholic News Service story however is this mention of the matter of the instruction concerning the implementation of the motu proprio:

The cardinal and officials in his office have been saying for more than a year now that they were preparing detailed instructions responding to questions about how to implement the papal document, which said the Mass in the new Roman Missal, introduced in 1970, remains the ordinary way of Catholic worship.

Asked about the status of those detailed instructions, Cardinal Castrillon told Catholic News Service that his office had completed its work and passed the draft on to the pope, who would make the final decision about its publication.

An interesting beginning to an interesting conference.

(As an aside, while we are speaking of John Sonnen who provided the pictures, I must mention to NLM readers that John provides fantastic Catholic Tours of the Eternal City. This endeavour serves as an apostolate and also helps to support his theological education. Given his liturgical, theological and historical sensibilities -- not to mention those of his room-mate, Christopher Gardiner, who does likewise -- English speaking Catholics would be wise to consider booking John or Christopher for a tour, however short or long, if you plan on visiting the Eternal City. You won't be disappointed.)

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