Italian bishop invites SSPX to offer Mass in diocesan parish October 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, huh?, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Papa, SSPX, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
I don’t want this to turn into a war of the traddy camps, but I found this report more than just interesting, I wondered if it is just a one off or could it be a harbinger of future developments?
The report is this: an Italian bishop who in the past has exhibited hostility towards the TLM has asked/invited the SSPX to offer Mass in a regular diocesan parish twice this month. Whether this is temporary or intended to be an ongoing series of Masses is not clear. There is also speculation that Pope Francis’ recent declaration of faculties – totally without any enabling legislation or juridical structure – for the upcoming Year of Mercy could be the genesis of this sudden change of heart on the part of at least one bishop.
Far too early to cite this as a trend, but something that bears watching:
As auxiliary bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla (2006-2012) Msgr. Lorenzo Ghizzoni was a bitter opponent of those faithful who sought to celebrate the Holy Mass in the Immemorial Rite of All Ages. It was an opposition which undermined the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
As Archbishop of Ravenna-Cervia, Msgr. Ghizzoni is allowing, on the first and second Sundays in October, a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX) to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The celebration will take place in the parish of Saint Maria del Torrione and follows from the formation of a stable group of the faithful desiring the Traditional Rite, who’ve asked the Archbishop for it. [In the light of the granting of faculties, which some argue is just the recognition of faculties that already exist, could diocesan bishops facing requests for the TLM but with no priests trained in the immemorial Rite turn to the SSPX, at least during the Year of Mercy. Of course, that holy year has not yet begun, it starts on Dec. 8]
The celebrant was Father Enrico Doria of the priory of “Madonna di Loreto” in Rimini.
The online edition of the paper „Prima Pagina Reggio“ described it: “It seems that Pope Francis’ recognition of the legitimacy of the sacrament of reconciliation given by lefebvrian priests has also quickly led to a new course in the Italian Episcopate. This, what was unthinkable yesterday, (the opening of parish property to Lefevrians, who had previously been regarded as lepers), are today not only tolerated but welcome. Those of the faithful community close to Econe will celebrate, but also all other faithful of the Catholic Church, we are convinced, will make use of this.”
You know the story of the prophet Balaam and the donkey from the Book of Numbers, how even though he was enlisted by an enemy of the Jews to pronounce a curse on them, by God’s Will, he could not? Sometimes God uses very strange means, even those opposed to His Law and His goodness, to testify to the Truth.
Perhaps something to ruminate on regarding this granting of faculties from on high, as it were.