Friday, July 16, 2021

BREAKING NEWS : Pope Francis unleashes hatred for Benedict XVI

Pope Francis took a significant step toward putting the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgy solidly on the side of modernization on 16 July by cracking down on the use of the Tridentine Mass, essentially reversing a decision by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. This reverses Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged the right of all priests to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962, which is in Latin. The move to restrict the use of the Tridentine rite dealt a blow to traditional Catholics, who have long complained that the current pope is diluting the traditions of the church. Francis placed new restrictions on where and by whom the traditional Latin Mass can be celebrated and required new permissions from local bishops for its use. In the motu proprio, the pope made sweeping changes to his predecessor Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter The new document is dedicated to “the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970” and contains eight articles that go into immediate effect. Pro Tridentina (Malta) has asked the reaction of 2 priests: Canadian Fr N.E.D. Doublet and Fr Tony. The latter celebrates Tridentine Mass in Malta. Fr Doublet expects that restrictions will be applied to the Canadian priests that currently celebrate Tridentine Mass in his country. There are currently around 45 churches where the Tridentine Mass is held in Canada. Some bishops have already suspended the Latin Mass due on Sunday 18 July. So, worse can be expected. Fr Doublet added that the publication of the motu proprio so soon after Pope Francis left hospital can only be considered as being a vengeful act. One now has to see whether Benedict XVI will react, though it is unlikely. Fr Doublet concluded that the Church now has a suffering Pope - Benedict XVI, victim of hatred unleashed on him by Francis. On the other hand, Fr Tony said that the situation in Malta is likely to remain the same. The Diocese of Gozo will probably do nothing, after all no known Tridentine Masses have been celebrated there since 2007. This was due to the hardline policy adopted by then Bishop (now Cardinal) Mario Grech. There are rumours circulating in the Vatican that the Gozitan Cardinal showed his appreciation of the new mtou proprio Traditionis custodes, especially Articles 3 and 5. The situation in Malta is more complicated. According to Fr Tony, it is hoped that the structure of the Apostolate of St. Paul Malta will remain. Albeit the irony being having a Tridentine Mass held in a Jesuit Church during the Jesuit's Pope hardline attitude, added Fr Tony. Regarding himself personally, Fr Tony stressed that he will continue to celebrate Tridentine Mass regularly, as long as people want it. He concluded by reminding us that Benedict XVI had said:
What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful
As a service to its readers, Pro Tridentina (Malta)has added 2 pages on this topic: a) the text of Traditionis custodes and b) the letter written by Pope Francis to bishops about this motu proprio

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