Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Forthcoming Motu Proprio

Yes, I know I'm late by a day. I saw the news on Gerald's blog first. Of course, Fr. Z, always in the know, also had the story, as well as blow-by-blow coverage of the handling and mishandling of the news.

So I'm a latecomer. That's my code: arrive late, leave early. And, now, I think it's clear that no one is speculating any longer. Today, the Vatican News Service released the following statement:

VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2007 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a communique released today by the Holy See Press Office concerning Benedict XVI's forthcoming "Motu Proprio" on the use of the Missal promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962.

"Yesterday afternoon in the Vatican, a meeting was held under the presidency of the Cardinal Secretary of State in which the content and spirit of the Holy Father's forthcoming 'Motu Proprio' on the use of the Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962 was explained to representatives from various episcopal conferences. The Holy Father also arrived to greet those present, spending nearly an hour in deep conversation with them.

"The publication of the document - which will be accompanied by an extensive personal letter from the Holy Father to individual bishops - is expected within a few days, once the document itself has been sent to all the bishops with an indication of when it will come into effect."

Deo Gratia! I believe this will be one of many good things that will renew the life of the Church and return some sanity to the current liturgical landscape.
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