Pope Francis Confirms Traditiones Custodes does not apply to FSSP!
Some great news from the FSSP:
Once again the Pope signals left and turns right! Surely this leaves Roche's responsa high and dry? Does it not also contradict Traditionis custodes which states previous norms were "abrogated" see art. 8?
In formalising this concession, the Pope would seem to confirm the absolute validity of the Traditional Latin Mass, thereby completely undermining his own motu proprio!
This could lead to an exodus to the FSSP & perhaps the ICKSP - if the same approach is going to be applied to all the Ecclesia Dei groups.
The decree signed by Francis states:
"The Holy Father Francis, grants to each and every member of the Society of Apostolic Life “Fraternity of Saint Peter”, founded on July 18, 1988 and declared of “Pontifical Right” by the Holy See, the faculty to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, and to carry out the sacraments and other sacred rites, as well as to fulfill the Divine Office, according to the typical editions of the liturgical books, namely the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary, in force in the year 1962.Pope Francis also assured that it was "obvious" to him that seminarians of the FSSP could be ordained according to the traditional rite." - blimey! If it was obvious to him it was obvious to him alone!!!
They may use this faculty in their own churches or oratories; otherwise it may only be used with the consent of the Ordinary of the place, except for the celebration of private Masses."
It is hard to understand what exactly the Pope's play is here. Could he be making himself out to be the good guy with a wink and a nod to bishops to enforce the ban locally?
Could he be reacting to the negative backlash he has received as a result of Traditiones custodes?
Could it be that he was genuinely moved by the approach of Ecclesia Dei and their humble, obedient appeal to the Holy Father?
Whatever the reasons, the fact that devotees of the Traditional Latin Mass outside the FSSP remain persecuted in the most unfair way.
A careful reading of the decree does leave one with the feeling that the Pope is trying to have his cake and eat it here, issued totally contradictory decrees depending, basically, on who he is talking to.