Recently, Bishop Michael Warfel of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, issued an order disallowing the Tridentine Mass in his diocese. (This was first reported yesterday by Fr. Z.) The cover letter utterly disapproves Summorum Pontificum by banning the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy. He also is requiring priests HIS permission to celebrate the True Mass. To snowball the whole thing, the bishop writes:
N.B.: It is important to remember that the Extraordinary Form generally does not enable full, active participation by the assembly which was called for by Vatican II. While the Extraordinary Form holds a definite place in the liturgical tradition of the Church, it does not meet the spiritual needs of the large portion of Church membership today.
STOP!!! This is heresy. No pope, cardinal, bishop, or priest, or in a matter of fact a layperson, can deny the existance of a Mass that was codified during Session XXII of the Council of Trent (More on that later).
According to a bio on the diocesan website, Bishop Warfel was installed in Montana in 2008, and was prior to that the Bishop of Juneau, the capital of Sarah Palin's Alaska. So go figure, people in Alaska are cold, and are more obsessed with gaming than Faith. Good thing there are a few SSPX chapels in Montana for people to go to!
The homepage of the website also has links to the video Msgr. James Moroney made on the upcoming "New" Roman Missal, which is scheduled to be used starting November 27th. They are not alone, as a tweety bird said that my ex-parish in Worcester, Massachusetts will be showing the video live in a few weeks in the parish hall, per order of the parish council. They're also ordering pew cards to assist the peanut gallery on what the responses are.
Well, thou shalt not care.
Why not care about something that is going to be exciting change?
Because this is illegal. First of all, Quo Primum Tempore by Pope St. Pius V, banned all Rites that were established after the year 1370. This is includes Luther's German Mass, Calvin's revised communion service, Zwigwli's heresy, the Novus Ordo of Paul VI, and so forth. One quote from the Papal Bull is taped to the door to my bedroom, which I believe is the most important quote in the whole document, and in all of Catholic liturgical history. Below, it is as follows:
“Now, therefore, in order that all everywhere may adopt and observe what has been delivered to them by the Holy Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of the other churches, it shall be unlawful henceforth and forever throughout the Christian world to sing or to read Masses according to any formula other than this Missal published by Us… Accordingly, no one whosoever is permitted to infringe or rashly contravene this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, direction, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree, and prohibition. Should any venture to do so, let him understand that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.” -- Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum Tempore, July 14, 1570
This affirms that no other missals can be published, forever and ever. Amen.
There are other approved Catholic rites, such as the Byzantine, Mekite, Maronite, Chaldean, etc. to name a few in the Eastern (Oriental) Church; and the Gallacian, Ambrosian, Dominican, Carmelite, Sarum, etc. to name a few in the Western (Roman) Church. All of these rites were established before 1370, of which is the cut-off date for any valid usage. Pope Pius used the phase "two-hundred years old", which meant from 1570 minus 200 years. Anything newer is considered invalid.
Then what about the Anglican Use Missal? That is other story all together.
Secondly, is this new Missal going to bring the people back to Church? I doubt it! The reason simply is that this "New Missal" is still an updated edition of the Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI, which has the service facing the people, Latin replaced by English (in my case), no Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, no Last Gospel, no prayers that were deleted from the traditional Missal, communion under both kinds, communion administered by a layperson, altar girls, and so forth.
Lastly, the fourth anniversary of the effective date of Summorum Pontificum is Wednesday, Sept. 14th, the Feast of the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross. Sadly, bishops are still making it difficult for Latin Masses to be said. Luckly, in the Archdiocese of Boston there are quite a few Latin Mass said both by archdiocesan and religious clergy, but most people still do not care. The Worcester Diocese has their diocesan Mass at the farwest corner of the diocesan territory, and has the St. Benedict Center in Still River, which borders the Boston archdiocese.
Just for curiosity, your parish is having a special High Mass on the 14th comemmorating the Papal Bull, I'd like to here about it. Please email me about the parish celebrate, and include any pictures, news articles, links, etc. They may be included in future blog posts! (As far as I know, my parish is only having their regular daily Low Mass.)
In Corde Jesum et Mariae,