Friday, July 7, 2017

10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today, July 7, 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the most important Papal Bull (issued by Benedict XVI) of the 21st century. Because of this, priests (even those ordained in the new rites) can freely say the Traditional Latin Mass without canonical penalty on paper. As someone who was raised in the paganized Vatican II church, if it weren't for this Bull I would not be a Catholic today! 

Unfortunately, most bishops and priests have no interest in saying the TLM, even on a part-time basis, and with a few exceptions the trend is going in the opposite direction. While there might now be approximately 400-500 Mass locations in the United States and Canada, if Frankenpope has his way this could decrease dramatically. 

If you live in New England, Sean Cardinal O'Malley is your Metropolitan Archbishop. Other than allowing a Sunday TLM in the basement chapel of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and once performed a confirmation in the old rite, he is generally against it. The Cathedral is ready to undergo a multi-million dollar facelift, and by next summer this is what the interior is scheduled to look like (screenshots from promo video by the Connecticut-based Baker Liturgical Art, LLC):

 There will be no restoration of the altar rail, but instead a permanent marble N.O. altar and a lower marble pulpit replacing the stately wood one. The red carpeting will be torn apart in favor of Italian marble in the sanctuary. Many pews near the front will be removed. 

A newly-designed cathedra (throne) with a full backing, extending to protect also the deacons' chairs. As see on the right, the Blessed Sacrament will once again be reserved in the  tabernacle built-in the high altar, but the shallow placement of a protective rail will not allow for Holy Mass to be said on it.

If the Cathedral (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) were to be authentically restored, it would look like this:

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