After Cardinal Hoyos and the Mass of May 24, we have news of an interview with Cardinal Medina, former prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship, which tackles the problem of the Tridentine Mass; this interview was given to the American magazine The Latin Mass.
It is clear that in recent years a growing number of cardinals have taken a stand. On several occasions, Cardinal Ratzinger has made scarcely veiled statements in favor of the Tridentine rite, particularly in his books. In an interview given to 30 Days, Cardinal Arinze – the current prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship – seemed to take up the assertions of Cardinal Ratzinger.
What these different statements have in common is an overly relativistic attitude to the Tridentine rite. For these cardinals it is only a question of making a reconciliatory step towards those who have what they deem to be a nostalgic attachment to an ancestral rite. The idea remains subjective, and that is not our intention: we do not feel so important that we would demand of the Church our own special rite. Our attachment to the rite is founded on its objective value: it represents the entire theology and spirituality of the Church. It can not be placed under a bushel and replaced with a novelty without undermining the preaching of the Catholic faith, and the whole of the sacramental order, the principal vehicle of salvific grace.
While waiting for this recognition of the rite, for its intrinsic value, we are pleased to note that the “progress”of the Tridentine Mass can no longer be a matter of indifference. The time of the policy of silence seems to be finally over; the highest authorities in Rome are obliged to take into account the growth of Tradition and the force it represents. The time is coming when those who wanted to confine the true Mass to the museum of Tridentine codifications, will have to step back and realize their mistakes, like Cardinal Medina who, we remember, intervened very forcibly against the Tridentine Mass in 1998, and who now admits that “on the basis of my research, I can only conclude that the Mass of St. Pius V has never been abrogated.” We thank him sincerely, especially as it takes humility to acknowledge one’s errors, and we hope, that he will support us in the combat which is still to be fought.
Is the total freedom for all priests of the Catholic Church to use the old missal in sight? We can hope for this, while remaining profoundly… “thomistic”, we’ll believe it when we see it! For the moment, Rome seems to be very much preoccupied with the reaction of the bishops. It is true that the head of the Church has to take into account the pastors of dioceses, who have big responsibilities towards the faithful. But is their opinion currently valid? Remember Cardinal Sterzinsky, who went to a Protestant church in Berlin on Ash Wednesday to receive his ashes from the pastor; or Cardinal Law, who went last November to the Mosque in Wayland for the Ramadan meal, declaring that he felt completely at home there; or the bishop of Orléans who publicly backed a blasphemous book full of obscenities. Alas, we could continue with this sorry list. If the Pope wants “reconciliation “with the Society of St. Pius X, he must take on his responsibility as head of the Church and disregard the recriminations of the bishops, who, if they were faithful to their mission of passing on the deposit of the Faith, would be delighted at such a public safety measure for the Church and the world.
A Unique and Historic Decision in Argentina
We have learned that an incredible and completely unexpected decision was just taken by the Argentine judge Cristina Garzón de Lascano: by a judgment made last May 12, the production and sale of 97% of contraceptives and IUDs (Inter-Uterine Devices) have been prohibited due to their abortifacient properties. Abortion is forbidden in Argentina.
A few words of explanation are in order. At the end of 2002, three priests of the Society of St. Pius X founded an association: the March 25 Foundation, one of whose aims is to protect the unborn child from abortion. Last February, this association sued the Ministry of Health, because it authorizes the sale and production of contraception drugs and devices which are known to induce early abortions1. And, through the courage of a federal judge, the unbelievable has happened: the Ministry was condemned and the products of death were rejected and proscribed throughout the country.
Of course it goes without saying that this decision provoked an earthquake among the pro-choice lobbies, the family-planning groups, the pharmaceutical laboratories who made the products and the other sectors of the culture of death. Anathemas rained down on the judge, she is threatened with destitution and insulted, at the same time the association that started the case is called sectarian. The bishops have been alerted, as well as the nuncio, and we anxiously await the announcement of their official position which could prove decisive in the battle which is coming. Of course, there is an appeal against the decision.
This is truly an historic decision, but also a special grace which is given to Argentina. In this its situation of economic and political crisis which has been lasting for two years now, a way is shown to it by God which permitted this completely unexpected victory. If it (Argentina) can seize this hand which Providence has extended to it, it will emerge from this crisis and take its place once again among the major nations. God wills that it not refuse.
Such a combat can not be won solely by human forces, which is why we are requesting fervent prayers so that the Most Holy Virgin, victorious in all the battles of God, venerated under the title of Our Lady of Lujan, patroness of Argentina, will deign to triumph once again and return hope to her children.