Panic in the chanceries!
Shawn Tribe at New Liturgical Movement yesterday posted an insightful essay describing the opposition to the supposed pontifical decree forthcoming that will effect a liberalisation of the celebration of Holy Mass according to the Pian missal. At Rorate Coeli, the journalist HervÃ© Yannou's essay in Le Figaro, which also appeared yesterday, is noted: the gist of the Yannou is that, in the first place nothing is yet done at Holy See, in the second that there is not necessarily anything in motion other than Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos's wishful thinking (he is described by M. Yannou as a "cardinal colombien, considÃ©rÃ© comme trop favorable aux intÃ©gristes") although the Sovereign Pontiff is probably going to publish something sometime about the sacred liturgy and, in the third place, that the reverendissimi domini gallicani ac americani are as concerned about their episcopal prerogatives as about the cura animarum and the good of their dioceses. Father Zuhlsdorf posted
Frankly, I donât think the Pope, if he has really been thinking about derestricting the older Mass in concrete terms, is going to be in the least surprised by the vehement opposition of the French bishops or the "unease" of the USCCB. If he has been working on something concrete, I doubt very much that the complaints of these bishops is going to add anything new to the mix. The reactions are predictable.
Quite right. We must give his Holiness credit for being well aware of the various mises en scÃ¨ne, here and in France, the U.K. and the Germanies: one suspects that policy might suggest drawing out the adversaries so that they can be identified and, thereafter, all the more effectively dealt with.
I will stop with the 'Panic...!' titles henceforth.