Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Busy Week at the Vatican

This is turning out to be a busy week for news at the Holy See.

First, there was the "motu proprio" altering the conclave procedures for the election of the pontiff.

Granted, this wasn't the motu proprio some people have been looking for...

Then, there was the small but significant shuffling of several curial officials (including Archbishop Foley to a position that takes him firmly out of the communications wing of the Vatican.

And if that isn't enough, almost on the heels of this news, we have word that the motu proprio many in the Roman Church have been eagerly awaiting for two years (i.e., since the election of Pope Benedict) really is coming.

Yes, that motu proprio!

News is leaking that the motu proprio allowing for more generous celebration of the Roman Mass of John XXIII will be officially publish on 7 July 2007.

Here are a few links to this breaking story:

Kath.Net (in German)

Catholic World News (

What Does the Prayer Really Say

Whispers in the Loggia (For once, Rocco didn't get the scoop!)

The New Liturgical Movement

The Cafeteria Is Closed

I can almost hear Tillie saying, "Well, all hell done broke loose now!"

PS When officially published, look for that Motu Proprio to be available here.

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