Monday, July 16, 2007

Utah pastor responds to Motu Proprio

~from Intermountain Catholic (Are they all reading from the same talking points?)

Although Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement this past Saturday regarding the use of the Tridentine Mass in Catholic worship does not take effect until Sept. 14, already several eyebrows have been raised and pulses quickened in the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Some will also remember, however, that the 1962 rite, which predates the Second Vatican Council, has been observed in this diocese in several instances during the last 20 years.

“After Pope John Paul II loosened the restriction on the use of the Tridentine Mass in 1988, a monthly Tridentine Mass was held at St. Ann church,” said Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Salt Lake City. “It was ultimately cancelled for lack of attendance.

“I have no sense that there is a need in my parish or in the church in Utah generally for a celebration of the Tridentine Mass,” said Msgr. Mannion. “I have solid reason for saying this. When I was rector of the Cathedral in the 1980s, we had a monthly celebration in Latin of the Missal of Pope Pius VI – the Mass that came after Vatican II and is universally used now – and it also fizzled for lack of attendance.

Msgr. Mannion, a theologian, writes a column for Our Sunday Visitor which is reprinted regularly in the Opinion pages of the Intermountain Catholic.

“My own limited research undertaken for an essay I published some years ago is that about one percent of American Catholics want the Tridentine Mass. There is a larger – but still relatively small – body of American Catholics who think that a Latin Mass “would be nice” once in a while. I do not think that these are the people the Pope is responding to with his motu propio.”

...The Tridentine rite is not simply Mass in a different language; rather, it is a somewhat different ritual stemming from the counter-reformation of the 16th century. Under the guidelines set out by Pope Benedict in “Summorum pontificium,” it can now be celebrated as another approach to the mystery of the sacraments.

“The pope states that at the heart of his concern is the desire to bring about reconciliation with clergy and people disaffected from the post-Vatican II liturgy,” said Msgr. Mannion.



Anonymous said...

The Intermountain Catholic is an anemic rag for the most part. It seems Monsignor Mannion has no appreciation of the changes afoot in American Catholicism. He bases his opinion on the Tridentine Mass being a "dud" based on his experience offering it 20 years ago. Except for the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Utah is a pretty bleak place liturgy-wise, although I understand there is a priest in Brigham City, Father Reichstag who plans to introduce the rite. Alas, that's rather far for me to drive weekly!

Anonymous said...

Fr. Mannion doesn't know what he's talking about. First of all, the Traditional Latin Mass doesn't stem from any Counter-Revolution. In content, it is exactly the Mass of 1474, which, last time I checked, was before a Reformation that started in 1517. But, really, in its essentials, the Traditioanal Latin Mass is the Mass of the sixth century, with some additions but very few changes or deletions, from the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. It is the ancient Roman Mass of St. Gregory the Great.

A Gallup poll done some years ago showed that 20% of American faithful would prefer it to the N.O. Protestantised liturgy.