Monday, July 30, 2007

Martini: I won't do it!

Martini celebrating Mass

A leading liberal cardinal in the Catholic Church says he will not celebrate mass in Latin, criticising Pope Benedict XVI's decision to allow for greater use of the old Latin mass.

Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who has broken with the Vatican on a number of issues, says he considers it important to have a common language for prayer.

"A bishop cannot ask his priests to satisfy all individual demands," he said in an article published by Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper.

The cardinal said he loved the Latin language and would have no trouble celebrating Latin mass.

"But I will not do it," he wrote.

A papal decree earlier this month said priests should now meet requests by the faithful to hold mass in the traditional Church language, which had widely been dropped after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

Cardinal Martini tempered his criticisms by paying homage to "the immense benevolence of the Pope, who wants to allow everyone to praise God with old and new forms," but made clear that he was not on board.

The 80-year-old cardinal also defended Vatican II, saying it "took a major step forward in the understanding of the liturgy".

Cardinal Martini has broken his silence on numerous occasions to counter Vatican positions on social issues including assisted procreation, the use of condoms and euthanasia.

The renowned scripture scholar, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease, stepped down as archbishop of Milan in 2000. In some quarters he was tipped to succeed Pope John Paul II.

Vatican II is of course is very much the issue, but as far as the Mass is concerned the Fathers of the Council all understood that the Mass they celebrated before and immediately after the Council would continue to be celebrated, possibly with the Scriptures and other small parts of the Mass in the vernacular.
What Martini is objecting to is the scraping a way of post Council nonsense by the Holy Father, it isn't a repudiation of the Council but a real discovery of it.

In an email from a friend in Rome today, he said that one of the questions that nuncios will ask concerning future bishops, is their friendliness towards the Johannine Mass; as a touchstone demonstrating their ability to accept the larger Tradition of the Church.


Fr Justin said...

Who's making him?

Anonymous said...

Of course he won't celebrate in the Extraordinary Form - he'd have to wear a chasuble, for starters.

Anonymous said...

It's neither here nor there if Cardinal Martini celebrates Mass in Latin or in the ordinary or extraordinary rites. Why does he think the world is interested? There was little chance of him being elected Pope; he didn't get the votes. Unfortunately for him, he was taken up by the Liberal Catholic press and used as a battering ram against Pope John Paul II. If anything guaranteed he would not be a runner in the conclave it was that. He should be remembered for being a major biblical scholar and an outstanding Archbishop of Milan who had a profound influence and appeal for young people. He taught them to read scripture, pray and do good works among the destitute. The solemn liturgies in the cathedral were well celebrated, too. The fruit of his time there lies in the future. His neophytes will make good Catholic parents and stable members of society. But I don't anticipate theme getting excited by lace and birettas, even though Cardical Martini wore both.

Anonymous said...

Fr. Ray,

Cardinal Martini's "I will not do it" is uncomfortably reminiscent of "Non serviam!"

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