Traditional Anglo-Papist

01 April 2006

Universal Use of 1962 Missal.

Via Catholic News Agency:
Universal approval of Latin Missal could be on the way

Vatican City, Mar. 31, 2006 (CNA) - The St. Pius V Missal, which the Catholic Church used until 1962 before it was replaced by the new ordinary following the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, could be approved for universal use, according to sources close to the Vatican.

The decision on the use of the Missal, which was the subject of consultations between Pope Benedict XVI, the cardinals of the Church and the heads of the different Vatican diacasteries, could be announced after another meeting the Pope has scheduled for April 7 with Curia leaders.

The Pius V Missal contains the Mass celebrated in Latin according to the “Tridentine” rite and is currently allowed only with the permission of the local bishop.  Universal approval would mean the traditional rite could be celebrated freely throughout the world by priests who wish to do so.

The move is not directly related to the Lefebvrist schism, since as a theologian the Pontiff had always expressed in interest in bringing back the rite.  Nevertheless, Vatican sources note that this would be an important step in resolving the schism, as the possibility of freely celebrating the Mass of St Pius V is one of the points of contention with the Lefebvrists.

In July, the Society of St. Pius X—known as the Lefebvrists—will elect a new superior.  The group will chose between openness to reconciliation embodied in the current superior Bernard Fellay or the decidedly anti-Vatican stance of Richard Williamson, another of the four bishops illicitly consecrated by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
It also means that it is no longer an Indult but a part of the living Tradition of the Western Catholic Church. In effect, the Latin part of the Roman Catholic Church would become bi-ritual.


  • My guess would be that any use of the 1962 Missal would still be by indult - that is as an exception to the current liturgical law of the Church. The terms of the indult would be expanded. Currently the indult is for diocesan bishops to allow the 1962 Missal. My guess is that the new indult would now allow parish priests and others with similar authority to celebrate according to this Missal.

    The Roman Rite by definition cannot become bi-ritual. You cannot have a bi-ritual rite. It is an oxymoron. A bi-ritual priest is one who serves according to two rites - for example, the Roman Rite and the Byzantine Rite.

    The Roman Rite is a rite with its own integrity. However, there can be deviations from the Roman Rite. Current examples are the indult allowing the Anglican Use liturgy and the indult allowing the 1962 Missal.

    For all intents and purposes, the official Roman Rite will most likely remain that revised according to the decrees of the Second Vatcan Council.

    That's my judgement call. I will gladly eat humble pie if I am wrong.

    By Anonymous Tony Bartel, at Monday, April 03, 2006 4:41:00 PM  

  • My own suspicion is that consideration is being given to some sort of "universal indult" which will allow priests to use the 1962 "Editio Typica" under fairly easy terms. I suspect that the provision might be that in a three Mass parish, one Mass a day can be said according to the old rite, the rest should be N.O.M. or some restriction of that ilk. The difficulty with the present system is that the local bishop or ordinary can block permission for the indult Mass. Also, the interpretation of "generoius provision" made by some of the left-overs from Paul VI's pontificate has given the indult the deserved nickname of "the Insult" with some TradCats. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is notoriously stingy in its provision - One Mass on a Sunday that moves from place to place on a regular monthly cycle. The (far smaller) diocese of Orange also has just one Mass, and that is held in the relatively small Serra Chapel at San Juan Capistrano at 8am on a Sunday. It is usually SRO by 7.30am.

    Fr Peter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, April 08, 2006 1:28:00 AM  

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