I hope readers enjoyed, two or three days ago, Dom Gueranger's dramatic accounts, which I reproduced on this blog, of the papal uncertainties in the times of Pope S Silverius and (if he was genuinely pope!!!) Vigilius. Just think ... we may have to live through times of such uncertainties again! The adage papa dubius papa nullus may again be tugged around in the lecture rooms of Catholic academic institutions!!
Before I leave Pope S Silverius behind ... one more weeny point.
In 1943, a new commune emerged from Rome ... Bishop Myers as the Westminster Vicar Capitular gave it his imprimatur, and all over the world, Clergy, including Army Chaplains in the thick of conflict, had to get out that essential liturgical tool of a Catholic Priest, their glue, and gum the new Mass Si diligis into their Altar Missals. Henceforth, the old Common Masses for Roman Pontiffs, sanctified by so many centuries of use, had to give way to this new commune whenever a Sainted Pontiff chose to pop up on the Calendar.
As, for example, happened in the case of S Silverius.
Was anything lost? Well, the old Mass for S Silverius employed mainly the commune for a Martyr Pontiff, Statuit, but did have its own (unique?) Epistle: Jude verses 17-21. Why not have a look at that? It went missing, of course, when Bishop Myers signed his imprimatur. The vandal.
The Epistle of S Jude has never been one of the most popular source of lections for, er, those whose job it has been to select lections. I wonder how far its use on the festival of S Silverius goes back in the papal rite. Who was it who thought that the references to 'illusores' (empaiktai) was topical in those deadly days of rival popes and of 'popes' who were willing to terminate their predecessors? psykhikoi, pneuma me ekhontes/ animales, spiritum non habentes ...
Fascinating stuff ... surely, something fierce is going on here. What exactly are we into??
Think about the Allied and Axis Armies round Caen in June 1944 as they struggled for the essential breakthrough ... what did they think about the elimination, that year for the first time, of S Jude?
Were they Silverius-men or Vigilius-men?
I wonder if such questions were factors in the decision of pastors to say the Te igitur silently?