Francis recently gave an interview on Spaniard radio on a wide range of topics, including the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, but also on topics like the Mass of Pius V and why he supports the supremacy of the Mass of Paul VI. There are many legal implications to the encyclical of July 16th, “Traditiones custodes,” and this interview can be seen as part of a group of Francis’ commentaries on this issue, also including the letter he published, accompanying the encyclical. His discussion of the Afghan pullout was very good, actually; but one comment in particular offended many pious ears.
Though the Pope called Benedict’s document promoting the TLM “one of the most beautiful and human pastoral things,” he characterized those who originally wished to preserve the Latin Mass after the Second Vatican Council as harboring “a certain nostalgia.”
After supposedly a year-long review of his predecessor’s own motu proprio, Francis said “the concern that appeared the most” from his survey to the world’s bishops was that SP originally “was done to help pastorally those who have lived a previous experience,” but now “was being transformed into ideology.”
Owing to the apparent ideological problems with Latin Mass adherents, as yet not clearly defined by the Pope, Francis said he “had to react with clear norms,” deigning to “put a limit to those who had not lived that experience.”
An example of the restrictive measures put in place to limit the TLM which Francis noted was “that the proclamation of the Word be in a language that everyone understands,” i.e., the vernacular. Francis claimed that to proclaim the readings of the Mass in any other way, presumably including in Latin, “would be like laughing at the Word of God.”
Laughing at the Word of God.
This is a rhetorical continuation of the revolution of Paul VI, as can be read from an excellent post at SSPX News:
The entry into force of the Paul VI missal in 1970 froze the celebration according to the Tridentine Mass. The priests and laity saw the arrival of the Novus Ordo Missae (NOM) as a replacement for the old rite. On June 14, 1971, the Congregation for Divine Worship published a not indicating that, after the approbation of the translations of the NOM, everyone should use “only the renewed form of the Mass.”
“Our holy predecessor Pius V made obligatory…the Missal reformed following the Council of Trent. We require…with the same supreme authority for the same obedience to all the other liturgical, disciplinary, and pastoral reforms which have matured in the application of the Council decrees.”
But, since here and there, “the problem [of the old rite] persists,” the Pope issued an indult for the celebration according to the 1962 Missal that the bishops could grant to those requesting it.
Benedict XVI’s promulgation of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on July 7, 2007 brought in a new element. This document affirms that the Tridentine Mass had never been abrogated—thus opposing Paul VI—and determines the new and enlarged conditions for its celebration.
Read the rest here and see how the legal battle over the Mass, and the encyclical Quo Primum guaranteeing its perpetual legality, have become the defining issue at the center of the Modernist crisis.
Will Catholic Tradition, in its fullness, preserved in the Mass, be maintained, or will the Faith and the Mass become the plaything of cultural trends, fashions, political agendas, and essentially, formless? That is, faithless?
Saint Pius X, ora pro nobis!