|Franciscans of the Immaculate, traditional rite ordinations|
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?!