Words to remember

"Never doubt in the darkness what you believed in the light."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I suspected as much

Rorate Cæli kindly posted a statement by Pope Benedict regarding Summorum Pontificum in France. I knew there would be more to hear about the implementation of the motu proprio in la belle France. Voyez.

"I comprehend your difficulties, but I do not doubt that you will be able to reach, within reasonable time, solutions which are satisfactory to all, so that the seamless robe of Christ is not torn anymore. No one is excessive within the Church. Everyone, without exception, must be able to feel at home, and never rejected. God, who loves all men and wills that no one be lost, entrusts us with this mission of Pastors, making us Shepherds of His sheep. We can only give Him thanks for the honor and the confidence He places upon us. Let us endeavor to always be servants of unity."

fter the more conciliatory statement a few days ago, this seems much more to represent a reminder to the French episcopacy of the way things ought to be. Subtly done, though. I wonder to what degree it would be effective. The current make-up of the French ecclesiastical hierarchy is such that it's not going to respond easily to the motu proprio.

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