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Re: [liturgy-l] Papal Liturgies

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    From what I ve read, there is a particular problem within this Franciscan order that required such a permission system to use the EF. David ... David Lewis
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      From what I've read, there is a particular problem within this Franciscan order that required such a permission system to use the EF.
      David Lewis
      Arlington VA USA
      In a message dated 8/3/2013 11:29:18 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, cowling.douglas@... writes:

      From: David J Strang <davidjstrang@...>
      Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Papal Liturgies

      Is it heresy to continue to be uncomfortable with the present Pontiff whom I view somewhat as
      a loose cannon, and already a little nostalgic for the pontifical style of Benedict XVI?

      It's been noted by a number of liturgical observers that Francis always celebrates mass as if it's a parish mass.  Ordinary in all three senses.

      Interesting decision:

      'Pope Restricts Use of 1962 Missal for Some Franciscans'

      "Sandro Magister is billing it as the first time Francis has contradicted Benedict. There are these Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who appear to be traditionalist-leaning in terms of celebration of Mass in the unreformed pre-Vatican II form with the missal of 1962. And there seems to have been some sort of difficulties among them, such that an apostolic visitation was carried out a year ago. Now a commissioner has been appointed to oversee the group.

      In a decree issued shortly before Francis went to Brazil, the use of reformed rite is in the order presented as the norm, and the “occasional” use of the old rite requires special permission. This is significant because Pope Benedict allowed unrestricted use of the old rite to every priest in 2007 with the document Summorum pontificum, with no further special permission required.

      Magister writes:

      “The Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is required to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite and that, if the occasion should arise, the use of the extraordinary form (Vetus Ordo) must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities, for every religious and/or community that makes the request.”

      You have to be careful when reading Magister, whose reports are not lacking in speculation and rumors and tendentious interpretations at times. But his report on what the decree says is still helpful and interesting.

      It’s hard to know the whole story here. Is this decree a reflection of Pope Francis’ desire to undercut Summorum? Or it is a unique case, tied to particular turmoil in one religious order?"

      The Franciscans sound like squabbling Anglicans!

      Doug Cowling
      Director of Music
      St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke

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