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Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Christopher Dawson's book offers a great span of subjects but I'll focus on one that is relevant to Catholics since it impacts our present time and the future: The Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI written in July 7 2007, on Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.

We read the pope delayed finilizing, signing it due to an alleged hesitation. At the same time is worth noting that Dawson ventures to label it as, perhaps, the best Ratzinger has done as Supreme Pontiff. I truly believe it is the appropiate conclusion.

I compare this Pastoral Letter with that which Paul VI had to deal with at a time when in July 1968 he gave his milestone Encyclical Humanae Viate which some labeled as 'the stubborn truth'and was judged as 'breeding corrosive criticism'. Against bad advice he surprised the Commission to study the subject by giving the Magisterium a new landmark.

This body of enacted rules is worth studying in relationship to:
-Comparison to the 1962 Missal of Beatus John XXIII.
-Observation of subtleties by Benedict XVI pertaining to various degrees of allowances and or advice to different authorities.
-Why the ruling carry an appearance of utter carefulness that would hint, in a certain degree a suggestion rather than a mandate.

Carl: I admired greatly your interview of Dr.Birzer about Dawson.

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