The very first thing Archbishop Bergoglio did after the publishing of Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI was to promote the Traditional Latin Mass, the Extraordinary Form, in his Archdiocese, immediately directing that a chapel, to start with, be set up for this end.
Just in case you were wondering.
Update: Father Finigan has apologized to Rorate Caeli because of geographical presumptions he made. However, he makes the same mistake as so many others, blaming the Archbishop for an incorrect celebration of the TLM by a priest, all for the sake of accuracy. I find it amazing that people know for a fact, somehow, that the Archbishop specifically instructed the priest to make changes to the rubrics, or neglected to reprimand him based on sure knowledge that he knew of everything of how the Mass was celebrated in detail.
I do know some things for certain:
- Archbishop Bergoglio did his best to implement Summorum Pontificum within days of it’s promulgation, faster than anyone in the world that I know about.
- Even in the worst case scenario, that he actually commanded the mockery of the faithful (I really find it hard to write such rubbish), the newly elected Pontiff is not to have such past mistakes held over his head. To do so runs against the tradition of the Church, which frees even an excommunicated individual who has been elected to the See of Rome from any penalties under which he may have been burdened. To hold any such thing of the past against a new Pope is not only against tradition, but it is to strike at the Church. Really. Not. Good.
- People say that they want to be honest and say what’s what. I think it is not up to such a standard to hold the misapplication of rubrics wrought by a priest against an Archbishop who was himself trying to do something good. It is not good to strike at the Lord’s anointed, especially now that he is Pope, and this by way of a priest.