SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM: An Appeal to Our Shepherds

The pre-Summorum Pontificum situation essentially constituted a liturgical form of segregation that ultimately created a type of ghetto that pushed the clergy and faithful attached to, or even simply interested in, these rites into the darkness of the margins and peripheries.

Going back to such a situation would be as intolerable for the faithful as it would be unwise for the Church as it would not only re-establish that situation, it would double-down on it, creating what amounts to a class-based system approach to the sacred liturgy.

The wisdom and prudence of the current situation is one of charity, normalization and integration — and that situation leads ultimately toward greater harmony and understanding both in the shorter term and most especially in the longer run. It is a light which helps triumph over the darkness.

As has been shown in the course of history, segregation in any form is not healthy for anyone; it leads to conflict and division. As such, I would appeal to our shepherds to take note of the lessons of history and not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Let the light shine through the darkness and let the doors and altars of our churches, chapels and cathedrals be open to all, regardless of their particular rite or use.

The preceding guest post was written by Shawn Tribe, founder and former editor of New Liturgical Movement, as well as founder and current editor of Liturgical Arts Journal.

Posted on June 4, 2021, in liturgy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hilary White

    Consider the possibility, Brian, that our shepherds aren’t the ones in charge. That the men in charge are not shepherds at all but wolves, and appealing to them is the turkey appealing to the butcher.

    • Hilary, unless one is completely naive, they know that far too many chanceries are filled with wolves. Rome too. However, if I truly believed that there wasn’t a single bishop who might take such an appeal to heart, then the virtue hope would be lost; and despair would rule the day. I’m not willing to accept that. So, as an act of the will, I choose Hope over despair.

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