.- Cardinal Jean Pierre Ricard, president of the Bishopsâ Conference of France, said this week the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI âis intended for Catholics faithful to the Pope and respectful of the authority of the Council (Vatican II) and who desire to use the 1962 Missal.â
In noting that âthe ancient liturgy has nourished the faith of the faithful during centuries and can still do so today,â Cardinal Ricard said Vatican II was not a âbreakâ but rather a continuation of the tradition of the Church. He stressed that by issuing the document, Pope Benedict is calling on âthe council faithful and the traditionalists to begin a journey towards reconciliation and communion.â
The Pope greatly desires âthe unity of Catholics, he wants to favor reconciliation and reconcile the Church with her liturgical past. Itâs also a gesture towards the followers of Archbishop Lefebvre, but the Pope knows that in this case the differences are not only liturgical,â the cardinal said.
He emphasized that the âMissal of 1970 remains the ordinary form of celebration. This is not bi-ritualism but rather one rite that can be celebrated in two ways. For most Catholics nothing will change,â the cardinal stated.