On Aug. 6, 2013, Andrea Tornielli of “Vatican Insider” published an interview with Fr. Alessandro Apollonio, the Procurator General of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, in which they discussed the Holy See’s recent decision to restrict the order’s use of the so-called “Extraordinary Form.”
The decree issued by the Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, reads in part:
“The Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is required to celebrate the liturgy according to the ordinary rite and that, if the occasion should arise, the use of the extraordinary form (Vetus Ordo) must be explicitly authorized by the competent authorities, for every religious and/or community that makes the request.”
After some initial confusion, the picture is becoming more clear, and let’s just say, it ain’t real pretty. Read more
This less than pretty picture then – what does it mean, in fact? Is “the Holy See”/ elements in the Roman Curia hostile to Summorum Pontificum, or is the hostility coming from the Pope himself? Is the restriction imposed upon the Franciscans likely to lead to overall restrictions on the availability of the Traditional Latin Mass? Is this action against Summorum Pontificum in effect, actually a “slap in the face” to Pope Benedict?