The following (http://www.zenit.org/article-23124?l=english) was printed on the Zenit websites. It is an interview between of their correspondents and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of “WDTPRS,” which I use regularly for my articles on this blog. Here is my reaction:
First of all, Fr. Z. is right on when he talks about how the Motu Proprio needs some clarification. I think that it is extremely important the Holy See clarify exactly how large a consistent group must be in order for the Mass to be held in a parish. As far as I know, this number can be anywhere from four to forty. Therefore, it would be useful for us to know.
Also, I think that the Motu Proprio is making in-roads in the Church whether people like it or not. On the one hand, we see more people are requesting the TLM at their parishes and more TLM centers are popping up across the country even if the Mass is offered once or twice a month. If nothing else, progress is being made. It seems to me that we can only see more people requesting over the course of the next several years. But we must keep in mind that the Motu Proprio is a temporary measure on the part of the Holy See and that it will be re-evaluated at some point in the future. Therefore, it is my hope that the trickle we see now will become a flood when the MP comes up for scrutiny by Ecclesia Dei.
One of the things that I often wonder about is the impact of the MP on traditionalist Catholic groups. It is difficult for me to say exactly what the impact has been since there are many different groups and all of them will say different things. On the Daily Catholic (www.dailycatholic.org), a series of articles have been posted that refute the Motu Proprio as well as a sermon by Fr. Anthony Cekada in which he speaks about the positive and negative aspects of the Motu Proprio. In essence, the sermon is reprise of his article, “The Motu Mass Trap” which can also be found at the above link.
Judging by what has been posted on the above site, I would says that the MP has made a dent in traditional circles. If we look at the headlines from this last week, it is perfectly clear that things are moving along. The reunification of the Transalpine Redemptorists with Rome is just one example of this trend.
We must, therefore, continue to pray for clarification of this important document and for the reunion of all Catholics to Holy Mother Church.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!
Sts. Peter & Paul, pray for us!