GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FROM MALTA

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NEWS FROM MALTA

Sunday, October 8, 2017

[  Emphasis and {commentary} in red type by Abyssum  ]

 Massive liturgical changes expected in 2018!

Reliable sources close to the Holy See have indicated that sometime in the second half of 2018, the Novus Ordo Lectionary and Calendar are to be imposed upon the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Mass. 
The new Roman Missal will become available on the First Sunday of Advent 2018 but the Vatican will allow a two-year period to phase it in. These changes are expected to be much more drastic than what was envisaged in Universae Ecclesiae that states:

 New saints and certain of the new prefaces can and ought to be inserted into the 1962 Missal, according to provisions which will be indicated subsequently. (emphasis ours)

The Vatican approved societies and institutes, such as the Fraternity of Saint Peter and the Institute of Christ the King, will likely apply for exemptions, but all requests are expected to be turned down. The only exception seems to be the SSPX, which might be granted a temporary exemption, to ensure that an agreement is reached between the SSPX and Rome.  However, if the exemption granted will be of a temporary nature, more SSPX priests are expected to join the so-called Resistance (formerly known as SSPX-SO) under Bishop Richard Williamson and more will go independent.This would make the traditional Catholic movement more fragmented than ever before.
{ The imposition of the Novus Order Lectionary and Calendar would be a good thing in my estimation.  It would be good to have all Catholics celebrating the liturgical cycle of redemption using the reformed calendar.  Also, the use of the expanded three-year cycle of readings from Holy Scripture would be a good thing.  BUT THE ADDITION OF THE REALLY FLAWED NEW PREFACES IN THE NOVUS ORDO MISSAL TO THE NEW EXTRAORDINARY FORM MISSAL WOULD BE BAD.  SIMILARLY ANY OTHER CHANGES TO THE TEXT OF THE MASS WOULD PROBABLY BE BAD.
Basically this is good news since it indicates that the Extraordinary Form is not going to be suppressed }

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4 Responses to GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FROM MALTA

  1. misericordia2 says:

    Why on earth do we need more prefaces? I attend the Old Rite Mass exclusively and in my 1962 missal there are twelve pages of prefaces, many of which are rarely used, Surely we don’t need more!

  2. Vera Schraa says:

    I’m very suspicious of the Holy Father’s extended hand to the SSPX, and I don’t now and never have belong to them. For a time I thought the great plan was to join the Fraternity and SSPX together and once everyone was signed up and under Papal control, abolish it altogether and put the proceeds of the sale of SSPX property and finances in the Vatican Bank.
    As for the rest, I think the EF which, mostly (?) goes back farther than Trent really ought to be left alone. The Novus Ordo would be tremendously helped by borrowing as much Latin and as much restoration of the EF prayers as possible. I do like praying/singing the Creed, Gloria and Pater out loud and I think this is what Pope Emeritus and Cardinal Sarah have in mind. The broader readings and calendar I think is good too. (Reporting from my armchair.)

  3. Mary Ann Parks says:

    I think it is bad news all around. The 3-year lectionary has deep flaws and the translation is bad. The calendar devitated from centuries of tradition. And they will not stop with that.

  4. This concerns me …I hope its just not the first step to eliminating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass!! Sometimes I think would be a good thing to unite the two lectionaries but, like you Bishop, I love the beautiful “old” prayers of the TLM. Again I hope its not a first step to elimination.

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