Things have moved quickly this week. There are quite a few things worth drawing attention to and all relating to the Pope’s Motu Proprio: Traditiones Custodies.
As a Catholic who attends the Novus ordo — the “Ordinary Form” as Pope Benedict XVI termed it, I feel wounded by this document. I feel it is extremely harsh, lacks justice and integrity and seeks to promote a worrying political element within the Church which works against, not promotes, the unity the document purports to foster.
My initial reading left me scratching my head about several issues. How are bishops supposed to obtain oaths of fidelity from Latin Mass goers? Verbally? In writing? If the Latin Mass is banned from Churches (see §2: “not however in the parochial churches and without the erection of new personal parishes”) where are those who gather for the Vetus ordo supposed to gather? Are they banned from Churches?