[“Truth is stranger than fiction” (or satire); it’s already been done]
As a result of a series of questions-a “dubium,” in Church law lingo-presented to the Congregation of Divine Worship at the initiative of the liberal element within the Fraternity, that Congregation-after consulting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts-issued a fateful protocol in early July . Simply put, in Protocol 1411/99 the Vatican has ordered that any priest, even one belonging to an institute enjoying the privilege of using the 1962 Roman Missal, may freely celebrate or concelebrate Mass using the revised Missal of 1970 with no impediment whatever, the will of their superiors notwithstanding. But the Vatican went further, mandating that FSSP priests must say the new Mass or concelebrate under some conditions. [Read more in The Semi-Traditionalists by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Latin Mass Magazine, Fall 1999]
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 BY EOTT ADMIN
A Congregation for Divine Worship panel has unanimously ruled against Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) Superior General Reverend John Berg’s controversial Novus Ordo ban, which would have stripped the right of every priest from saying a Mass that was not in the traditional Latin form.
The three judges from the Congregation For Divine Worship 9th circuit court rejected the traditionalist community’s argument that suspension of the ban should be lifted for spiritual reasons.
“We have a situation where the security of our immortal souls are at stake, and it’s a very, very serious situation, so we look forward to seeing them in court,” Berg told EOTT.
The judges said that they could not uphold the ban because it “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of Vatican II.”
“The Fraternity has pointed to no evidence that priests from non-traditionalist parishes have perpetrated an attack on the beauty of the Mass,” one of the judges wrote. “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for this attempted ban, the Fraternity has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.”
The Society of St. Pius X, which defended the Fraternity’s position, told reporters that it was “reviewing the decision and considering its options.”
“To say that we have not pointed to evidence that certain priests from non-traditionalist parishes have perpetrated an attack on the beauty of the Mass is ludicrous. I ask the judges to simply go to a NO parish on any given Sunday to see the evidence first hand.”