Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Universal Indult for the Old Rite?

These rumors have been out there for 6 months. The current "hot" version:

Vatican, Oct. 11 ( - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) is preparing to release a motu proprio extending permission for priests to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass, Vatican sources have confirmed.

The new papal document-- for which a publication date has not yet been set-- would give all priests permission to celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V. This permission, a "universal indult," would replace the existing indult that dates back to 1988, when Ecclesia Dei authorized use of the Tridentine rite under more restricted conditions, requiring the permission of the local bishop.

It is said that the difference between the 1988 Indult and this one is simple: under the one (allegedly) signed by B-16, any priest may celebrate the Old Rite, unless the local Ordinary explicitly prohibits it, in writing.

This may have some impact in Milwaukee, but it won't be noticeable.

1 comment:

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

While I'd like to believe that this would result in a bloom of TLMs, something tells me that a few bishops will be setting firm ground rules to prevent NO mass-goers from being confused or alienated. In some spots, the motu proprio won't change anything, as Latin Mass bounces off heterodox ears, and will be avoided. Don't look for St. Joan of Arc's in St. Paul to be offering it anytime soon.