Monday, 29 July 2013

Pope forbids use of traditional Mass by the Franciscans of the Immaculate

Franciscans of the Immaculate, traditional rite ordinations
Source: ausmaria.com

Many readers will be familiar with the wonderful Franciscans of the Immaculate, a thriving, relatively new Order that has houses of both men and women, and following both the active and contemplative life.

They have also been known for their use of the Extraordinary Form - indeed their Australian website features a picture of the ordination of friars according to the traditional rite.

Thanks to a reader for alerting me to a story from Sandro Magister, on a decision of the Congregation for Religious to appoint an Apostolic Commissioner to head the friars - and to prohibit the use of the Extraordinary Form unless special permission is given.

Magister reports that the concluding lines of the decree read:

"In addition to the above, 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.”

Seems Rorate was right...

Will Summorum Pontificum be the next thing to go?

And what we will we do then?!

Pray hard.

9 comments:

A Canberra Observer said...

I am afraid the word lurking at the edge of my consciousness is 'bully'.

Depressing, terribly depressing.

Anonymous said...


The system is putting the traddies back in the toy-box. It was nice to have them decorate the set on which the conservatives 'weigelites' did their thing, but they aren't to become a real serious faction in the bigger picture. They were always decoration or an exotic flavouring for the project of the Conservatives, not to be allowed to be agents in their own right. Hence if they take over an order, its chops for them.
The marketing department of the church will decide liturgy, dancing cardinals, seminary admissions etc etc. They will permit traddiedom up to a point - as it gets the kids in to the Republican Party version of Post-Vat2 church. But a full Traddie takeover means a principle external to marketing taking over the shop, and we cant have that!

The Church as dominated by fakey-marketing and spin for the next century, now that it doesnt have Communist Atheists or French Secularists (conveniently) to position against, and has to go out into a world and talk to people who have been made utterly narcissistic and self-absorbed and adolescent by consumerist culture, - And Thats All Folks ad nauseam (coming soon to a country near you!). Looking backward, - baroque peasant-decency on the ground, hypocrisy in the middle and filthy lucre from monarchical games at the top appears pretty good from this retrospective angle, doesnt it?

Joshua said...

Oh no, how terrible.

Pray.

Lynda said...

This looks like unjust - and illegal - suppression of the traditional rite of the Holy Mass. If the leaders of the Church wanted more conversions and reversions to the One Holy Faith, they would promote the traditional and more authentic form of the Mass, that most truly reflects the Faith. So the persecution of the Faithful by leaders ostensibly within the Church will continue and escalate?

Anonymous said...

It seems to me the Pope is spot on. The Magisterium was right with Feeney and the SSPX, too.
From the outside, despite being docile to the Magisterium myself in case I'm simply accused of being a dissenter with a chip on my shoulder, I think there's always a risk of an extremism which ceases to be Catholic. Some groups become no better than Cafeteria Catholics, as they share the same mindset.

Kate Edwards said...

Commenters - Please give a name. I will reject any future comments without an identifier of some kind.

Lynda - Unjust yes; illegal, no. The pope and the Vatican Congregations have the power to legislate on these matters.

And the Church has persecuted her own before, with the great saints distinguishing themselves by showing heroic obedience in the face of it!

As for alleged dissenter with a chip on the shoulder - just what evidence is there that this order are cafeteria catholics? The answer is none whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Kate, mine was the second post. I think my javascript was off and something went wrong because it didnt ask for a login.

It occurred to me in the interim - there's nothing more traditional in the Church than a bunfight between extreme variants of Franciscanism and the Papacy...so this is really actually rather nothing extraordinary (pardon the pun)...

-Carob.

Fr Mick Mac Andrew, West Wyalong NSW said...

Having no knowledge or experience of the Franciscans of The Immaculate, and not doubting their goodness and contributions of good to The Church, I wonder if the problem lies, not in a denial to them to use the EF as what we may call standard, but in that they were an "OF" Religious Foundation assuming now to be an "EF" Foundation. If that is the case, then the necessary rigours must be undertaken for them to prove their case in order for them to be a true "EF" one, just as the FSSP are.

Kate Edwards said...

Dear Father,

Surely the whole point of Summorum Pontifucum was to recogise that the EF is the rite of the Church, used by the Church for centuries, and still a valid choice open to any community or priest without the need for the need to pass some additional test?

As I understand it they are bi-ritual rather than exclusively EF.