Wednesday 7 July 2021

Reactions to the FIUV advert in La Repubblica

I gather together here some news and comment reactions to the FIUV advert: this post may be updated. In terms of the news cycle, the fact that it appeared on the day of Pope Francis’ admission to hospital must have dampened responses. (Please pray for Pope Francis, in true meantime.)

In advance of the Federation’s advert, the most comprehensive report of the rumours about possible changes to Summorum Pontificum came from Diane Montagna in The Remnant.

In English, our announcement of the advert was cross-posted directly on the Rorate Caeli blog.

The first report seems to have been on the Catholic News Agency and Gloria TV.

Church Militant (Jules Gomes) picked it up with a quote from FIUV Secretary Joseph Shaw:

Shaw urged bishops and priests with concerns about the TLM to "come and meet the congregations attending these Masses and the young people and families who have been inspired to live their faith more deeply by this liturgical form." 

So did Robert Moynihan in Inside the Vatican: 

Clearly, this is an attempt to change the terms of the debate, terms which have been unfairly forced upon “traditionalists” by many of their “modernist” critics.
Catholics who love tradition, especially in the liturgical realm, do not love tradition in the way the modernists claim they do, Una Voce is saying.
No, they do not love the old Mass out of a kind of “sclerotic, fearful grasping for the stuffy securities of the past” in a time of change, but rather because, in this very time, in the 2020s, the old ways and old words of the traditional liturgy have somehow begun to seem “newer” than the words of the 1960s.
This is a critical point.
In fact, it is the decisive point.
What this appeal is really saying is that the old Mass, in its venerable antiquity, rooted in prayers and hymns from the very first centuries of the Church, actually seems “newer,” “fresher,” “more alive” than many of the prayers of the “new Mass,” which, 50 or 60 years later, because rooted in the trendy, time-bound certainties of that age, is starting to seem “old.”

LifeSiteNews published an article by Joseph Shaw on the advert and the threat to Summorum Pontificum, and a follow-up article on the issue of concelebration,

The Catholic Herald (which may be paywalled depending on where you are) has a news article taken from the Catholic News Agency and comment piece by its US Editor David Mills, which is worth reading. Mills writes: 

The apologists for suppression claim that the people who want the old Mass are divisive. If that is true, and it is sometimes, the obvious answer is to remove the reason for their alienation. Extend to them the care, and the concessions, you extend to other marginal groups. Some will remain cranky and disgruntled, but the Church has room for the cranky and disgruntled. 
The apologists also claim that only the very old and maladjusted young people want it. That’s wrong as a matter of fact, but even if it were true, why not give the elderly (who deserve our deference) and the maladjusted (who deserve our care) what they want and need? It hurts no one and it clearly helps many.

In German, it was reported by the website, and elsewhere:

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