Wednesday, June 27, 2007

July 7th: And there was much rejoicing.

Well its very likely you didn't hear it here first, but according to Fr. Z and others the ridiculously famous Motu Proprio freeing the classical rite is coming on July 7th, a Saturday. July 7th is not a big feast day, its not some large commemoration. Its just a simple Memorial to the Blessed Virgin Mary (according to EWTN's calendar). The traditional calendar has the feasts of St. Cyril and Methodius, two very nice but very eastern saints.

Ok so the date isn't all that significant. But maybe how he is releasing it is.

Benedict XVI isn't marching to the LA Cathedral and nailing it to the front door with fanfare like some people would have loved to see. He had it distributed to 30 bishops first and then will be discussing it during a meeting with (to?) them. BXVI seems pretty intent on this thing being done exactly how he wants it done and not how people will want to spin it - left or right.

I wonder how this will effect current indult parishes. A lot of people will drive an hour (or two) for an FSSP or Institute of Christ the King church. But what happens if the local St. Mary's begins offering a classical rite sung mass down the block from these travelers? Will the FSSP and like parishes shrivel? I really really hope not. Most of these parishes offer more traditional things (besides Mass) than regular parishes though so we should keep that in mind.

Regardless, the lot of hopers and prayers for this universal indult should be happy at least a date though no title or content is yet known. One way or another we'll have our answers by the end of next week. Deo Gratias.

1 comment:

jim klasz said...

Saints Cyril and Methodius are two very signifigant Saints for those of us with an Eastern European Heritage.So for us the chosen day is indeed meanigful!

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