Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Does he or doesn't he?
The Catholic Herald online is debating whether or not the Pope uses the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Bishop Fellay says he does, Fr Lombardi says he doesn't.
My Italian isn't very good but I suspect Fr Lombardi actually means he doesn't do so every day, but the how does Fr Lombardi know? I don't think he attends the Papal Mass and the Pope's staff who do are faithful and discreet, don't let on what happens in his household including his chapel. It is rightly private and I am sure the Pope is right to want to keep it private.
However I would be very surprised if the Pope doesn't celebrate Mass in both forms of the Roman Rite. Three years on from the publication of Summorum Pontificum it seems ludicrous that all bishops and priests aren't familiar with both forms. The Roman Rite since 7/7/07 plural is "both, and" not "either, or", except for that small number of religious whose "charism" is to use one particular form.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake