klassiska latinska liturgins plats i kyrkan 2007
Castrillon Hoyos talade 16 maj 2007 till de i Aparecida
församlade latinamerikanska biskoparna. Kar- dinalen, som fram
till 2005 var prefekt för klerus- kongregationen, är
chef för den påvliga kommissionen Ecclesia
återges i engelsk översättning.
att ett motu proprio
rörande den klassiska romerska riten är på
Hans Eminens nämnde även den kardinalskommission
1986 som kardinal Stickler tidigare omtalat.
parentes kan man framhålla att kuriekardinalen, då
nämnde det växande intresset bland yngre för
traditionella liturgin, anförde Skandinavien.
Dear and Venerable Brothers,
I allow myself to present a brief information on the Pontifical
Commission Ecclesia Dei
and on the state of the pastoral reality which
the Holy Father has placed under its competence.
This Commission was created by the Servant of God John Paul II in 1988,
when a notable group of priests, religious, and faithful, who had made
manifest their discontent with the Conciliar liturgical reform and who
had congregated themselves under the leadership of French Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre, separated themselves from him because they were not in
agreement with the schismatic action of the ordination of Bishops
without the appropriate pontifical mandate. They preferred, therefore,
to stay in full union with the Church. The Holy Father, by way of the
Motu Proprio Ecclesia
Dei Adflicta, entrusted the pastoral care of
these Traditionalist faithful to this Commission.
Nowadays, the activity of the Commission is not limited to the service
of those faithful who, at that time, wished to remain in full communion
with the Church, nor to the efforts made to put an end to the painful
schismatic situation and to attain the return of these brothers of the
Society of Saint Pius X to full communion. By the will of the Holy
Father, this Dicastery extends its service, moreover, to satisfy the
just aspirations of those who, due to a particular sensibility, and not
having kept links to the above-mentioned groups, wish to keep alive the
ancient Latin Liturgy in the celebration of the Eucharist and of the
Undoubtedly, the most important effort, which concerns the entire
Church, is the search for an end to the schismatic action and to
rebuild the full communion, without ambiguities. The Holy Father, who
was for some years a member of this Commission, wishes it to become an
organ of the Holy See with the proper and distinct end of preserving
and maintaining the worth of the Traditional Latin Liturgy. Yet it must
be said with all clarity that it is not a turning back, a return to the
time before the 1970 reform. It is, instead, a generous offer of the
Vicar of Christ who, as an expression of his pastoral will, wishes to
put at the disposal of the whole Church all the treasures of the Latin
Liturgy which for centuries has nourished the spiritual life of so many
generations of Catholic faithful.The Holy Father wishes to preserve the
immense spiritual, cultural, and aesthetic treasures linked to the
Ancient Liturgy. The retrieval of this wealth is linked to the no less
precious one of the current Liturgy of the Church.
For these reasons, the Holy Father has the intention of extending to
the entire Latin Church the possibility of celebrating Holy Mass and
the Sacraments according to the liturgical books promulgated by saint
Pius V. There is today a new and renewed interest for this
liturgy, which has never been abolished and which, as we have said, is
considered a treasure, and also for this reason [the interest] the Holy
Father believes that the time has come to ease, as the first
Cardinalatial Commission of 1986 had wished to do, the access
liturgy, making it an extraordinary form of the one Roman Rite.
There are good experiences of communities of religious or apostolic
life recently erected by the Holy See which celebrate this liturgy in
peace and serenity. Groups of faithful who attend these celebrations
with joy and gratitude assemble around them. The most recent
establishments are the Institute of Saint Philip Neri, in Berlin, which
functions as an Oratory, and which is also present, and well received,
in the Diocese of Trier; the Institute of the Good Shepherd, of
Bordeaux, which gathers together priests, seminarians, and faithful,
some of them from the Society of Saint Pius X. The proceedings for
the recognition of a contemplative community, the Oasis of Jesus
Priest, of Barcelona, are well advanced.
In Latin America, as is well known, we must thank the Lord for the
return of a whole diocese, that of Campos, Lefebvrian in the past,
which now, after five years, presents good fruits. It was a peaceful
return and the faithful who have enrolled themselves in the Apostolic
Administration are glad to be able to live in peace in their parochial
communities; furthermore, in effect, some Brazilian dioceses have made
contacts with the Campos Apostolic Administration, which has placed
priests at their disposal for the pastoral care of the Traditionalist
faithful in their local churches. The Holy Father's project has been
partly proved in Campos, where the peaceful cohabitation of the forms
of the only Roman Rite in the Church is a beautiful reality. We have
the hope that this model will yield good fruits, also in other places
of the Church where Catholic faithful with diverse liturgical
sensibilities live together. And we hope, furthermore, that this way of
living together will also attract those Traditionalists which still
remain far away.
The current members of the Commission are Cardinals Julián
Herranz, Jean-Pierre Ricard, William Joseph Levada, Antonio
Cañizares, and Franc Rodé. Its consultants are
the Undersecretaries of some Dicasteries.
Several communities spread throughout the world have been up to now
under Ecclesia Dei. 300 priests, 79 religious men, 300 religious women,
200 seminarians, and several hundreds of thousands of faithful. The
interest of the young increases in France, the United States,
Brazil, Italy, Scandinavia, Australia, and China. At the moment of its
return, 50 priests, around 50 seminarians, 100 religious women, and
25,000 faithful came from Campos.
Today, the group of the Lefebvrians includes 4 Bishops who were
ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre, 500 priests, and 600,000 faithful.
contemplative monasteries, and some male and female religious groups
have joined the group, which has parishes (they call them priories),
seminaries, and associations. They are present in 26 countries.
Let us ask the Lord that this project of the Holy Father may soon be
accomplished for the unity of the Church.