Pope is urged to reverse ban on ancient rite Mass
Ban overrules permission granted by previous pope
- Sandro Magister for chiesa.espressoonline.net
- Vatican City
- September 18, 2013
The ban imposed by Pope Francis on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrating Mass in the ancient rite continues to raise lively and widespread reactions.
In reality, the freedom to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite that Pope Joseph Ratzinger had guaranteed for all with the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" no longer has universal extension today, because it has been revoked by his successor for one religious congregation and consequently also for the faithful who attended its Masses.
With reverberations that are rippling through the whole Church.
Many lovers of tradition are afraid, in fact, that this restriction placed on one of the pillars of the pontificate of Benedict XVI will soon become a more general impediment.
Just as, on the opposite side, others proclaim that the Mass in the ancient rite should be definitively relegated to the past, and are hailing the ban imposed by Pope Francis on the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a first step in this direction.
The Franciscans of the Immaculate have obeyed. But there are some who have not surrendered, and have sent to the Vatican a thorough critique of the decree with which the congregation for religious - with the explicit approval of the pope - intimated to the friars the ban on celebrating the Mass in the ancient rite.
The authors of this critical analysis are four renowned Catholic scholars: Roberto de Mattei, a historian and the author of a substantial reconstruction of Vatican Council II in the traditionalist vein, Mario Palmaro, a philosopher of law, Andrea Sandri, an expert in constitutional law, and Giovanni Turco, a philosopher. The first two teach at the European University of Rome, the third at the Catholic University of Milan, the fourth at the University of Udine.