The most recent post over at Rorate Caeli caught my attention for a number of reasons. The post discusses the current conference that is under way in Rome that concerns the Motu Proprio issued by Pope Benedict XVI last July.
Apparently, there has been a great deal of resistance to the implementation of the MP. According to some sources cited on this site, the German Episcopal Conference has placed various bureaucratic obstacles against the Motu Proprio being implemented by various priests. The Italian bishops have also been unwilling to implement the MP in their dioceses.
It seems interesting to me that although the Latin Mass is spreading, it is not moving as fast as some people would like it too. Earlier this year, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos said that the Latin Mass could be implemented in every parish that requests it. Yet I wonder how many bishops are getting in the way of this and also what their reasoning behind this is.
Also, there is word about traditionalist Catholics that cannot be satisfied. The following was heard from Cardinal Hoyos recently. It seems to me that the Vatican is working over time to bring traditionalist Catholics back to the fold. Pope Benedict most certainly is trying to get the Church to breathe with both lungs. Has that happened? In some ways, yes. In other ways, however, it hasn’t.
The stalled negotiations between the Vatican and the SSPX are an example of the Vatican’s good will in helping traditionalists get back into the fold. Unfortunately, the SSPX decided that it was better off on its own despite the Vatican offers of eparchies for the SSPX.
It seems to me that there are two different approaches that can be taken with regard to this problem. One of them would be for Cardinal Hoyos and the traditionalists to sit down and hammer out a deal about what they agree on and what they don’t agree on. It would be a useful discussion because it would show the major differences between the traditionalists and the Vatican.
The other option is that things remain the way they are now. This I do not want to see, but it might be the situation for the foreseeable future.
Anyway, just some thoughts on recent developments.
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