First response from SSPX - From Summorum Pontificum to Traditionis Custodes
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https://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/sum...-zoo-67550
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What follows is an article giving initial thoughts prepared by the FSSPX.News team. An official statement will be released from the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X in due course.
On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio whose title could be a harbinger of hope: Traditionis custodes, “Guardians of Tradition.” Knowing that he is addressing the bishops, one might begin to hope that Tradition will be returned to the Church.
On the contrary, this new motu proprio undertakes an elimination. It illustrates the precariousness of the current magisterium and signals the expiration date of Benedict XVI’s Summorum pontificum, which has not even celebrated its fifteenth anniversary.
Everything, or just about everything in Summorum pontificum, is scattered, abandoned, or destroyed. The purpose, moreover, is clearly stated in the letter which accompanies this liquidation.
The pope lists two principles “on how to proceed in dioceses”
"on the one hand, to provide for the good of those who are rooted in the previous form of celebration and need to return in due time to the Roman Rite promulgated by Saints Paul VI and John Paul II, and, on the other hand, to discontinue the erection of new personal parishes tied more to the desire and wishes of individual priests than to the real need of the 'holy People of God.'"

A scheduled extinction
While Francis defends an endangered animal or plant species, he decides and promulgates the extinction of those who are attached to the immemorial rite of the Holy Mass. This species no longer has the right to live: it must disappear. And all means will be used to achieve this result.
And first, there is a strict reduction in freedom. Until now, the locations reserved for the ancient rite had a certain latitude of movement, a bit like reservations. Today we have switched to the zoo regime: cages, narrowly circumscribed and demarcated. Their number is strictly monitored, and once installed, it will be forbidden to provide any more.
The guardians - or should we say the jailers? - are none other than the bishops themselves.
All this is specified in article 3, §2: “The bishop of the diocese… . is to designate one or more locations where the faithful adherents of these groups may gather for the eucharistic celebration (not however in the parochial churches and without the erection of new personal parishes).”
The internal regulations of these jails are strictly controlled (article 3, §3): “The bishop … is to establish at the designated locations the days on which eucharistic celebrations are permitted using the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint John XXIII in 1962.”
This control extends to the least little detail (ibidem): “In these celebrations the readings are proclaimed in the vernacular language, using translations of the Sacred Scripture approved for liturgical use by the respective Episcopal Conferences.” No question of using Dom Lefebvre’s translation [or the Douay Rheims] or an old lectionary.
Euthanasia is envisioned for the specimens judged unsuitable for palliative care (article 3, §5): “The bishop is … to proceed suitably to verify that the parishes canonically erected for the benefit of these faithful are effective for their spiritual growth, and to determine whether or not to retain them.”
The reserve is abolished as a whole, since the Ecclesia Dei Commission disappears (article 6): “Institutes of consecrated life and Societies of apostolic life, erected by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, fall under the competence of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies for Apostolic Life.”.

Migrants prohibited
While the pope does not stop caring for all types of migrants, the prisons he installs are strictly forbidden from all intrusion.
To be sure that wildcat reservations are not set up, the pope forbids any extensions of the prison
(article 3, §6): “The bishop (...) will take care not to authorize the constitution of new groups.”
This measure is akin to sterilization: it is forbidden to reproduce and perpetuate these savages of the past who must disappear.
This sterilization also concerns priests who will be ordained in the future (article 4): “Priests ordained after the publication of this Motu proprio, who intend to celebrate with the Missale Romanum of 1962, must make a formal request to the diocesan bishop who will consult the Apostolic See before granting the authorization.”
Regarding priests who already have authorization, they henceforth need a renewal of their “celebratory” pass, which is apparently a temporary visa (article 5): “Priests who already celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 should request from the diocesan bishop the authorization to continue to enjoy this faculty.”
Thus, if it is a question of restraining, reducing, or even destroying groups, the bishops have carte blanche, but if it there is a need to grant authorization, the pope does not trust them: it is necessary to go through Rome.
While dozens of priests, often supported by their bishops, have defied the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by “blessing” homosexual couples, without any Roman reaction, except a veiled approval by Francis through his message to Fr. Martin, future priests will be closely watched if they are thinking about celebrating according to the Mass of St. Pius V.
Obviously, it is easier to conceal your lack of authority by terrorizing the faithful who will not resist, than to mitigate the German schism, believing there is nothing more urgent than striking this part of the flock.

Vaccination against “Lefebvrism”
The great fear of contamination by the Lefebvrist virus is exorcised by the obligatory Vatican II vaccine – from the Moderno laboratory, (article 3, §1):  The bishop “is to determine that these groups do not deny the validity and the legitimacy of the liturgical reform, dictated by Vatican Council II and the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs.”
And anything that could be a source of potential infection is eliminated without pity
(article 8): “Previous norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform to the provisions of the present Motu Proprio are abrogated.”
Carried away by his enthusiasm, the pope almost comes to the point of saying that it is the Old Mass which is a dangerous virus that must be defended against. Thus, in Article 1 he specifies: “The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”
If the Novus ordo is the soul expression of lex orandi, how is the Tridentine Mass to be qualified? Is it in a state of liturgical or canonical weightlessness? Does it not even have a right to a place beside the Dominican Rite, the Ambrosian Rite, or the Lyonnais Rite in the Latin Church?
This is what seems to emerge from what the pope says in the letter accompanying the motu proprio. Without seeming to suspect the paralogism he is committing, he writes: “I take comfort in this decision from the fact that, after the Council of Trent, St. Pius V also abrogated all the rites that could not claim a proven antiquity, establishing for the whole Latin Church a single Missale Romanum. For four centuries this Missale Romanum, promulgated by St. Pius V was thus the principal expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite, and functioned to maintain the unity of the Church.”
The logical conclusion which flows from this comparison is that this rite must be maintained. Especially as the bull Quo primum of St. Pius V protects it from all attacks.
This was confirmed by the commission of cardinals convened by John Paul II, who said almost unanimously (8 out of 9) that a bishop could not prevent a priest from celebrating it, after unanimously stating that it had never been forbidden.
And this is what Pope Benedict XVI accepted and endorsed in Summorum pontificum.
But for Francis, the ancient rites maintained by St. Pius V, including the Tridentine Mass, seem to have no unifying value. The new rite alone, with its fifty years of existence, infinite variations, and innumerable abuses, is capable of giving liturgical unity to the Church. The misunderstanding is glaring.
Returning to his idea of eliminating the species, the pope writes to the bishops: “It is up to you to proceed in such a way as to return to a unitary form of celebration, and to determine case by case the reality of the groups which celebrate with this Missale Romanum.”

A law clearly opposed to the common good
The general impression that emerges from these documents – the motu proprio and the accompanying letter from the pope - gives the impression of sectarianism coupled with an overt abuse of power.
The traditional Mass belongs to the most intimate part of the common good in the Church. Restricting it, pushing it into ghettos, and ultimately planning its demise, can have no legitimacy. This law is not a law of the Church, because, as St. Thomas says, a law against the common good is no valid law.
Quote:This is my problem with the argument that "the pope can completely restrict the TLM, or that the pope could restrict ALL Masses if he wanted to. The purpose of the Church is the salvation of souls. The salvation of souls is the highest law, and overrules the laws that are below it. This was the argument for the state of necessity, in the resistance from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. I don't remember it, but according to my father, when the Novus Ordo was imposed in the 1970's, and the Traditional Latin Mass was abolished (illegally, as it cannot be abolished), Church attendance fell by more than half. That is what the salvation of souls is all about? "Let's drive the people out of the churches!! That will save their souls!"

There is also, in the ins and outs, an obvious tinge of the resentment manifested by certain angry proponents of the liturgical reform against the traditional mass. The bankruptcy of this reform is underlined, as in a chiaroscuro, by the success of Tradition and the Tridentine Mass.
That’s why they cannot take it. No doubt imagining that its total disappearance will make the faithful return to churches emptied of the sacred. The magnificent development of this celebration worthy of God only underscores their poverty: it is not the cause of the desertification produced by the new rite.
The fact remains that this motu proprio, which will sooner or later end in the oblivion of the history of the Church, is not good news in itself: it marks an abrupt end in the reappropriation of its Tradition by the Church, and it will delay the end of the crisis which has already been going on for more than sixty years.
As for the Society of Saint Pius X, it appreciates the stance of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, including admiration for his foresight, his prudence, and his faith.
Quote:The Holy Father talks about "listening to the Holy Spirit". Maybe, just maybe, that so many of the younger generation embracing Tradition, and the Traditional Latin Mass, is an expression of the Holy Spirit at work.
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Pretty stinging rebuke. I admire that.
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Imagine the FSSP's statement looking anything like this. Impossible. Think about that as well.
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(07-21-2021, 08:13 AM)mlwalker1972 Wrote:
Quote:The Holy Father talks about "listening to the Holy Spirit". Maybe, just maybe, that so many of the younger generation embracing Tradition, and the Traditional Latin Mass, is an expression of the Holy Spirit at work.

Sorry, but I have to ask since this quote struck me as odd. Was the wreckovation during the 1960s and 1970s when all the young generation was embracing the groovy "spirit of Vatican II maaaaan," an expression of the Holy Ghost at work too?
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This piece is very good.  I'm looking forward to the official statement from the SSPX.
"[I]t is vain to hope to attract souls to God by a bitter zeal."  Pope St. Pius X.

"If anyone deludes himself by thinking he is serving God, when he has not learned to control his tongue, the service he gives is vain.  If he is to offer service pure and unblemished in the sight of God, who is our Father, he must take care of orphans and widows in their need, and keep himself unstained by the world."  James 1:26-27.
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(07-21-2021, 06:13 PM)austenbosten Wrote:
(07-21-2021, 08:13 AM)mlwalker1972 Wrote:
Quote:The Holy Father talks about "listening to the Holy Spirit". Maybe, just maybe, that so many of the younger generation embracing Tradition, and the Traditional Latin Mass, is an expression of the Holy Spirit at work.

Sorry, but I have to ask since this quote struck me as odd.  Was the wreckovation during the 1960s and 1970s when all the young generation was embracing the groovy "spirit of Vatican II maaaaan," an expression of the Holy Ghost at work too?
It's possible, but like our Lord said, look at the fruits. TLM parishes have vocations and devout orthodox faithful in heaps. The wreckovation era brought about tremendous scandal, loss of trust, apostasy and bad catechesis.
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(07-21-2021, 06:13 PM)austenbosten Wrote: Sorry, but I have to ask since this quote struck me as odd.  Was the wreckovation during the 1960s and 1970s when all the young generation was embracing the groovy "spirit of Vatican II maaaaan," an expression of the Holy Ghost at work too?
And just how many of these patchouli scented dope smokers do you believe there to have been?
Were there some? Sure, but most of the worst innovations of that time were some older person's idea of what young people wanted. 
Nobody ever asked those young people if it was what they actually wanted. 
I was on the young end of that time but I do remember that most of the guitar masses with "music selected for the young people" were considered goofy and lame by many of those same young people. 
They were still trying it in the late 70s & early 80s when I was in high school.
I'd like to know how many hours were spent in meetings, how much money was paid to consultants and supposed experts to develop programs that were going to draw the young into the church.

Epic fail.
“Tradition is so strong, that future generations will dream of what they never saw.” — G.K. Chesterton

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When Christianity as a whole tries to appeal to young people with movies, pop/rock music and so on, it fails, completely and utterly fails. I am the most socially-backward person there is, and even I am embarrassed to see the stuff Christians come up with to 'entice young people'!
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(07-21-2021, 06:48 PM)Water1965 Wrote: They were still trying it in the late 70s & early 80s when I was in high school.
I'd like to know how many hours were spent in meetings, how much money was paid to consultants and supposed experts to develop programs that were going to draw the young into the church.

Epic fail.

And they kept right on trying it even tho' failure was staring them in the face. As recently as the early 2000s the Cathedral across the street from my house had a 'Youth Mass' at 5 PM on Sundays. Occasionally, because of my work schedule, it was the only Mass I could attend. 

There was a 'band' of ageing, tie-dyed hippies playing the guitar, tambourines, etc. The 'youth' were supposed to fill all the 'ministries', readers, ushers, and so forth. There were so few 'youth' that attended the 'Youth Mass' that I usually got asked along with some other old farts, to take up the collection.
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Sort of like ladies night at a bar, where quite often males heavily outnumber females.
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