CNA Staff, Apr 27, 2020 / 11:01 am
The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has asked the world’s bishops to report on how a landmark papal document acknowledging the right of all priests to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962 is being applied in their dioceses.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), wrote to the presidents of bishops’ conferences in a March 7 letter, asking them to distribute a nine-point questionnaire to bishops about the 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum.
The questionnaire was distributed to U.S. bishops April 27, a U.S. bishops' conference spokesperson told CNA.
A spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales confirmed April 27 that the conference had received the questionnaire and was preparing to distribute it to bishops.
In a 2007 letter to the world’s bishops, Pope Benedict XVI explained that Summorum Pontificum enabled priests to offer Mass according to the 1962 Missal as a “Forma extraordinaria,” or extraordinary form, of the Roman Rite. The Missal published by Paul VI would remain the “Forma ordinaria,” or ordinary form, of the Rite, he said.
The CDF survey sent this year includes questions such as “In your opinion, are there positive or negative aspects of the use of the extraordinary form?” and “How has the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum had an influence on the life of seminaries (the seminary of the diocese) and other formation houses?”
The questionnaire also asks whether the extraordinary form responds “to a true pastoral need” or is “promoted by a single priest.”
Bishops are asked to say whether they personally use the 1962 Missal and what advice they would offer about the extraordinary form.