A Happy New Year to all!
In keeping with holy tradition and the spirit of Our predecessors, We would also like to take this opportunity to express our regret and sadness to the esteemed readers of this blog for Our most unworthy absence these past months. What is a great new year for, however, if not for resolutions toward spiritual growth and sanctity? Hopefully, this will include the further growth of this oft neglected blog.
We enter this new year of Our Lord, 2007, with renewed optimism and hope. In the coming weeks, the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Benedict XVI, is scheduled to issue a motu proprio granting wider usage of the Traditional Roman Rite of the Mass (also known as the Tridentine or Latin Mass) to the faithful as well as an Apostolic Exhortation, which will expound upon the propositions put forth by the bishops who attended the Synod on the Eucharist in October 2005.
Both documents have been eagerly anticipated by many for some time. Because the Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist will put the capstone on the work of the synod, its eventual publication was never doubted, but the same cannot be said for the motu proprio: its very existence was called into question until last month. As early as this past Easter, rumors concerning this document abounded, and it was not until Cardinal Medina confirmed these rumors that anything was known for certain. In order to keep abreast of the current situation of both documents, We recommend to Our readers the Rorate Caeli blog (http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/). New Catholic, the administrator, deserves much praise for his admirable work on this site.
Here is his most recent information on the contents of the Apostolic Exhortation:
And on the substance of the motu proprio:
Some words of caution, however, are in order: no doubt due to the intense feelings which some have regarding these liturgical matters, We have noticed that the readers of that blog are sometimes less than charitable in their comments, especially toward the Supreme Pontiff. This We must stridently condemn as unworthy of such an astute blog as Rorate Caeli. We hope Our readers will not be scandalized by such persons.
Of course, it should be understood that the real contents and consequences of these two documents will not be known until after they are published, but, all the same, they give Us reason to hope that the Traditional Roman Rite will have a glorious future in the Latin Church.
In closing, We hope that this post, Our first of the new year, will be the harbinger of many more to come on the liturgical developments in the Church. We also ask that Our readers offer a special prayer intention for the Pii in the coming days, as some of us return to the University of Notre Dame: that our endeavors against modernism may find favor with the Lord and His Church and that we will be able to continue the work begun on this blog.
Mater Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis.
"Tell my son Joseph he will meet my divisions in heaven. "