Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Summorum Pontificum Conference in Rome

A conference is currently being held in Rome to mark the first anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Speakers include Monsignor Perl (and an unscheduled speech by Cardinal Castillon Hoyos) of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Fr Kramer FSSP, and many others. You can read accounts of proceedings (and see some nice photos) over at New Liturgical Movement and Fr Z's WDTPRS.

Of particular note so far, Cardinal Castillon mentioned that the long-awaited further clarifications on SP implementation are currently with the Pope for his decision. Watch this space!

The more problematic comment by the Cardinal related to the 'insatiable and unreasonable' demands of traddies. He gave the example of people who have been flooding the Commission with demands that the Tridentine rite be used 'not just at one Mass a week but at every Mass, and that such Masses be available not just at one church in a town but at every church'.

Well, we all know that there are some fruitcakes in the traddie community, but it sounds like they really are getting up the nose of Rome, and that is a worry.

On a more positive note, one of the papers at the conference, by Professor de Mattei, apparently talked about the TLM as both a barrier and challenge to secularism. I'm not actually sure that this is really a new insight - Catherine Pitstock in her book After Writing, to the extent that I've been able to understand her fairly impenetrable prose in this text, seems to say something pretty similar. But it is an important idea to disseminate, as it points to the issue of why the liturgy is so crucial.

Anyway, this is clearly an important conference...

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