Mass at St. Peter’s: “At the end of the ceremony, Cardinal Cañizares said…”


Posted by Father Claude Barthe, chaplain of the Traditional Pilgrimage to Rome, concluded yesterday, at Le Forum Catholique:

After the ceremony [the Pontifical Mass celebrated at the Altar of the Chair in the Vatican Basilica], from which Cardinal Cañizares left el mar del contento [sic – rather la mar de contento, i.e. exceedingly glad], particularly due to the atmosphere of prayer and because of the piety of the participants (and the numerous children!), one of his questions was: “Were there members of the FSSPX [Society of St. Pius X – SSPX]?” – It must be said that the Cardinal knows Bp. Fellay [SSPX Superior General] personally. I told him that I had recognized numerous FSSPX faithful, which gladdened him greatly. I did not note the presence of FSSPX priests, but the priests were too numerous for me to recognize all of them. We concluded that next time Bp. Fellay would surely be present. “¡Claro!” [“Certainly!”]

[Update] The text of the message sent by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, in the name of the Holy Father, to the participants, has also been made public:

On the occasion of the international pilgrimage assembled in Rome for the 5th anniversary of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sends his cordial greeting to all participants, assuring them of his fervent prayer.

By this Motu Proprio, the Holy Father wished to respond to the expectations of the faithful attached to the ancient liturgical forms. Truly, as he wrote in his Letter to the bishops to present the Motu Proprio, it is good to preserve the riches that grew within the faith and prayer of the Church and to give them their just place, while recognizing fully the value and holiness of the ordinary form of the Roman rite. In this Year of Faith, promulgated as the Church celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the II Vatican Council, the Holy Father invites all the faithful to display in a particular fashion their unity in the faith; they will thus be efficacious agents of the new evangelization.

Entrusting all the participants of the pilgrimage to Rome to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Father grants them his heartfelt Apostolic Blessing.

+Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State of His Holiness

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3 comments on “Mass at St. Peter’s: “At the end of the ceremony, Cardinal Cañizares said…”

  1. Of course now a number of people are going to translate this optimist hope for a regularization of the SSPX as ‘proof’ that a deal is in the works.


  2. chris torey on said:

    Right on Tradical, old boy.

    The deal is done.

    Main obstacle out of the picture
    Look forward to the dancing girls.

  3. Yes, well, we shouldn’t be so naive as to accept a public “press” statement as verification of anything, especially when it doesn’t even mention an agreement. Isn’t it an old trick to use the press to tell the public exactly what you want them to hear? As in, propaganda. I hope they have not tried to use the Mass as a mere tool, but the message they seem to want us to hear is: “Look, we’re not so bad. We say the “old” Mass too, and we can give you beautiful cerimonies in St. Peter’s. So why are you still arguing with us?”

    We have to remember that the 1962 Tridentine Mass is not the primary reson for our “disagreement” with Rome. The reason is one of DOCTRINE. If we solve the doctrinal questions, the Mass will naturally follow. If they only give us the Mass (which they already have) it does not follow that the doctrnal questions will be solved, though it would help. However, this does not necessarily prevent the SSPX from making a practical canonical agreement with Rome as long as our right to hold and teach true doctrine and to criticise and condemn errors is guaranteed as set forth in the declaration of the General Chapter. Indeed, if they conceeded us this, it would be tantamount to admitting that there are errors in Vatican II which need to be corrected. All in all, if we stick to the decission of the General Chapter with regard to the conditions of any agreement, then we are safe; for if they give us those conditions, then everything else will follow.

    Regardless, Rome at present is not at all likely to grant us the conditions as set forth in the Declaration, so the chance of any agreement in the near future is nixed (and probably any chance during this pontificate, unless Pope Benedict drastically changes his mind).

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