18 July 2017

Concelebration in the Roman Colleges (2)

I do not know whence this proposal ultimately arises, but it seems to me to bear all the hallmarks of the current regime. We have come to recognise the methodology of Bergoglian realpolitik. "Doctrine is not changed", and so a document like Amoris laetitia may even contain an explicit assertion of the indissolubilty of Marriage ... several hundred pages apart from rhe deft little footnote, or the crafty ambiguity, by which this doctrine may in practice be set aside. Episcopal Conferences may not have been formally given the right to attack the Sacrament of Marriage, but nods, winks, and private letters single out those Conferences which Have Got the Message.

This is a culture in which Cardinal Sarah has not been sacked, but he is publicly humiliated and neutered by having his colleagues and staff sacked and replaced by bergoglians ( I except from this generalisation Bishop Alan Hopes who, being a former Anglican, has sound and orthodox liturgical instincts).

So it is with the proposal that priests in the Roman Colleges should be bullied into forgoing their canonical right to celebrate individually the Holy Eucharist. Summorum Pontificum is not set aside, but it is circumvented.

Not that this document explicitly mentions Summorum Pontificum, or indeed the Extraordinary Form. It is far too cunning to do that. But this is what it is all about. Consider:  
since Concelebration is permitted in the Novus Ordo, but (except at Ordinations) forbidden in the Classical Roman Mass, 
and since the readers are repeatedly told that the young men must be intimidated into prefering Concelebration, 
what we have in this draft document is, in practical, political terms, a major initiative to prevent the use of the Extraordinary Form by "student priests".

Doubtless it is hoped that the provisions of this illiberal document will spread, particularly in places under the watchful eye of rigidly bergoglianist bishops.

To be continued.


Nicolas Bellord said...

" I except from this generalisation Bishop Alan Hopes who, being a former Anglican, has sound and orthodox liturgical instincts"

Really? What about his role in preventing the Order of Malta from using their conventual chapel at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth - one of the complaints being that they were too fond of the traditional mass? Well I suppose he was just obeying orders from above.

Tom Forde said...

I had not seen that implication. We must pray that the proposal dies in some forgotten corner.

uberto said...

I highly applaud the forced concelebration edict!
It will be seen as an annoyance imposed by old, conservative clerical die-hards desperately clnging to the past, a nuisance to be endured by the young priest dying to start celebrating the E.F.as soon as they can - and even by the ones who are nto necessarily Traddies. It will be the last nails driven in the coffin of concelebration and accelerate the dissolution of the N.O....