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Fr. Gerald Murray’s Commentary on TLM Attack

December 20th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The Cruel and Incoherent Further Restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The Vatican insists the use of Latin is “creating division.” In fact, the Holy See is sowing seeds of division by stigmatizing and penalizing faithful Catholics.

The document Responsa ad dubia (“Responses to doubts”) of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) on certain provisions of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes (TC) just published Saturday, is, plain and simple, a brutal exercise of raw ecclesiastical power in pursuit of the elimination of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) and the other sacramental rites that, with it, constitute a liturgical unity. It expands the clampdown on the TLM initiated by Pope Francis in TC.

The faithful who find spiritual nourishment in these liturgical rites are shown no pastoral charity or generosity of spirit in this new order of things. They are unjustly accused of fomenting disunity in the Church by virtue of their attachment to the older rites. In his prefatory letter, CDW prefect Archbishop Arthur Roche states: “As pastors we must not lend ourselves to sterile polemics, capable only of creating division, in which the ritual itself is often exploited by ideological viewpoints.” This claim about the TLM is never illustrated in his letter. It is asserted as if it were a fact plainly evident to all. It is not.

Who are the nefarious people promoting ideological viewpoints that exploit the older ritual? Where and how is this being done, and to what purpose? By what definition is a viewpoint an “ideology,” as distinct from a set of principles? When are polemics sterile and not fruitful? Polemics are regularly used these days by many in the Church to denounce all sorts of things such as man-made global warming and anti-immigrant policies in various nations. Do these polemics qualify as sterile, causing division?

Archbishop Roche states:

“The first aim is to continue ‘in the constant search for ecclesial communion’ (Traditionis custodes, Preamble) which is expressed by recognising in the liturgical books promulgated by the Popes Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of the Second Vatican Council, the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite (cf. Traditionis custodes, n. 1). This is the direction in which we wish to move, and this is the meaning of the responses we publish here. Every prescribed norm has always the sole purpose of preserving the gift of ecclesial communion by walking together, with conviction of mind and heart, in the direction indicated by the Holy Father.” (Emphasis added.)

Question: Is not a Catholic free in his mind and heart to respectfully disagree when he finds the direction the pope wants him to walk to be the wrong way to go? Isn’t such Gospel frankness what we owe to our chief shepherd when we consider that he has made a mistake? Or does Archbishop Roche want us to believe that popes do not make mistakes? Certainly not, Since the Responsa ad dubia are an indictment of the decisions of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI concerning the TLM.

Click here to read the rest of Father Murray’s column . . .

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2 Responses to “Fr. Gerald Murray’s Commentary on TLM Attack”

  1. avatar Giovanni says:

    It’s clear the Latin Mass has become a tool of division, as evidenced by the hate mongering on this site alone. It didn’t have to be that way, but it started down that road. The Vatican is merely responded to what has unfolded and to unite the church more going forward.

  2. avatar christian says:

    Question: Is not a Catholic free in his mind and heart to respectfully disagree when he finds the direction the pope wants him to walk to be the wrong way to go? Isn’t such Gospel frankness what we owe to our chief shepherd when we consider that he has made a mistake?

    I have respectfully disagreed on various actions our current pope has done.

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