The happy day has arrived when comes plopping onto our doormats the Saint Lawrence Press ORDO. I enthusiastically commend this admirable publication to readers who are not already familiar with it.
It gives 2019 according to the Calendar of the Roman Rite as it existed in 1939; that is, before Ven Pius XII acquired the collaboration of Hannibal Bugnini and began the series of changes which ended up with the Missal of S Paul VI. OK, you might not be in a position to use this ORDO; you might not even wish to use it; but it is quite an education to visit a world of First Vespers, Vigils, Octaves ... the world our fortunate forefathers inhabited for centuries. Frankly, you will hardly imagine how different that world was.
As I wrote yesterday, there are rumours again about PF abolishing the Old Rite. I don't think this is very likely. It would be more his style to undermine it by, for example, giving to bishops some rights of supervision which Summorum Pontificum explicitly and so very wisely denied them. Indeed, a deplorable Italian 'liturgist' called Andrea Grillo has been advocating precisely this for years.
I wonder how many readers have, as I have, seen a hen run after the fox has somehow got into it. And these are, as Cardinal Mueller has this week very explicitly reminded us, corrupt and dangerous days when extremely undesirable individuals, sometimes sycophants and careerists, get appointed to the hierarchy for nakedly ideological reasons.
But, if SP were to bite the dust, this, paradoxically, would eliminate the scruples of anybody who wished to use the 1939 Calendar but had drawn back from doing so out of respect for the (slightly curious) insistence by SP on the use of the comparatively much denuded 1962 recension of the Roman Calendar.
Swings and, er ....