Monday, July 29, 2013

'Pope Francis has not contradicted Pope Benedict.'

A reader has sent us a link to the the Mary Victrix blog which has a post by 'Fr Angelo', apparently a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Fr Angelo writes:

Pope Francis has also severely restricted our use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and this has been reported by a major italian journalist as a “contradiction” of Pope Benedict’s permission granted in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. This is an unfortunate instance of an overeager journalist sensationalizing something he can only speculate about.

The restrictions on our community are specific to us and have been put in place for reasons specific to us. Pope Francis has not contradicted Pope Benedict. The visitation of our community began under Pope Benedict and the Commission was recommended by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz who was appointed to the Congregation by Pope Benedict.

If this is genuine, then it certainly adds some important context to the Sandro Magister story which Jeffrey posted earlier. You can read the whole of Fr Angelo's post here.

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