Jul 7, 2007 - 03:21 pm .- CNA has published the full text of the Motu Proprio on the Roman Missal of 1962 from Pope Benedict XVI under our documents section. To help readers better understand the implications of these new instructions the USCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy has created two sets of Questions and Answers as well. These can also be found in our documents section.
Benedict XVI says new norms do not affect validity of Vatican II, unity of the Church, or authority of BishopsJul 7, 2007 - 01:54 pm .- “News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no little confusion,” wrote Pope Benedict in reference to his newest Apostolic Letter. The news of the letter has provoked two fears: first, that the reforms of Vatican II would be called into question, and second, that giving universal approval to the older Missal would divide parishes. However, the Holy Father says that both fears are unfounded. Citing the past history of the Church, Benedict said that too often, divisions worsened because of the lack of action by the leaders of the Church. “This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to make it possible for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew.”
Jul 7, 2007 - 04:59 am .- Today marks the historic issuance of Pope Benedict’s apostolic letter on the use of the Roman Missal of 1962. The much talked about letter begins with the Pope giving a history of the use of the Roman Missal, and then provides, among other things, an explanation of the purpose of this Motu Proprio. Before launching into the history of the pre-Vatican II Missal, the Pope makes the distinction that while some believe that it was done away with by the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, this was never the case. “I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted.”