When I first read bogus news stories about the significance of today's date–07/07/07–I was dismissive, as I was of stories about the millennium bug (or "Y2K Problem") back in the late 90s. (I made a decent amount of money fixing that bug, though.) It turns out 07/07/07 was a watershed.
Pope Benedict XVI released his long awaited motu proprio on the 1962 Missal today.
It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Liturgy of the Church.
Proinde Missae Sacrificium, iuxta editionem typicam Missalis Romani a B. Ioanne XXIII anno 1962 promulgatam et numquam abrogatam, uti formam extraordinariam Liturgiae Ecclesiae, celebrare licet.
Liberation, freedom, grace, and gratitude flood the mind and soul. Free at last, praise Jesus; free at last.
(If you live in St. Louis, MO, vicinity and wish to witness a beautiful Latin mass, join me at the Passionist Nuns Chapel any Sunday at 9:45. Visit Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem for more information.)
I have written so much on the myriad virtues of the Latin mass that I dare not repeat my arguments here. This is no time for argument–only for celebration.
Free at last.
I will now let others have their say:
- Sma' Talk Wi' T posts "Catering to the Masses"
- The Catechist's Lectern
- Creative Minority Report: "Summorum Pontificum 'A Blow to Sinners, Hell-Based Community Groups'" (I love it. This line gets the author a front-of-line pass to Heaven. Referring to Muslim murders of Christians following the Pope's quotes about Islam earlier: Screwtape states that there are no current plans for similar protests, "We believe we have many Bishops on our side, so we will wait and see how this all plays out. However, if things don't go our way, it may come to that.")
- Benedictus Deus: At Long Last