Prelate Hopes Eucharist Is Not Motive for Discord
VATICAN CITY, 13 SEPT. 2007 (ZENIT)
Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos
says he hopes that the Eucharist is never a motive for discord, but only
The president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei said this on
Vatican Radio today, the day before "Summorum Pontificum"
Benedict XVI's letter issued "motu proprio" (on his own initiative) on
liberalizing the use of the 1962 Roman Missal
goes into effect.
The cardinal spoke about the true meaning of the pontifical document.
Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: I would say that John Paul II wanted to give
to the faithful who loved the ancient rite
some of whom left to join Archbishop Lefebvre's movement, but who later
returned in order to maintain full unity with the Vicar of Christ
the opportunity to celebrate the rite that was nearest to their
The Holy Father Benedict XVI participated from the beginning in the
Lefebvrite question and therefore knew well the problem created for
those faithful by the liturgical reform.
The Pope has a special love for the liturgy
love that is translated into a capacity for study, of learning more
about the liturgy itself. This is why Benedict XVI considers the liturgy
from before the Council reform an inestimable treasure.
The Pope does not want to go backward. It is important to know and
underline that the Council did not prohibit the liturgy of St. Pius V
and we must also say that the Fathers of the Council celebrated the Mass
of Pius V.
It is not
— as many sustain because they don't know the reality
step backward. On the contrary.
The Council wanted to give ample freedom to the faithful. One of these
freedoms was that of taking this treasure
as the Pope says
which is the liturgy, to keep it alive.
Q: What has changed, really, with this "motu proprio"?
Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: With this "motu proprio," in reality, there
has not been a big change. The important thing is that in this moment,
priests can decide, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop,
to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite. And this holds true for all
priests. It is the parish priests who must open the doors to those
priests that, having the faculty, go to celebrate. It is not therefore
necessary to ask any other permission.
Q: Your Eminence, this document was accompanied by fear and polemics.
What is not true about what has been said or read?
Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: It is not true, for example, that power was
taken away from bishops over the liturgy, because the Code of Canon Law
says who must give permission to say Mass and it is not the bishop: The
bishop gives the "celebret," the power to be able to celebrate, but when
a priest has this power, it is the parish priest and the chaplain who
must grant the altar to celebrate.
If anyone impedes him, it is up to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia
Dei, in the name of the Holy Father, to take measures until this right
which is a right that is clear to the faithful by now
Q: On the vigil of the "motu proprio" taking effect, what are your
Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos: My hopes are these: The Eucharist is the
greatest thing we have, it is the greatest manifestation of love, of
God’s redemptive love who wants to stay with us with this Eucharistic
presence. This must never be a motive for discord but only love.
I hope that this can be a reason for joy for all those who love
tradition, a reason for joy for all those parishes that will no longer
be divided, but will have
on the contrary
multiplicity of holiness with a rite that was certainly a factor and
instrument of sanctification for more than a thousand years.
We thank, therefore, the Holy Father who recovered this treasure for the
Church. Nothing is imposed on anyone, the Pope does not impose the
obligation; the Pope does impose offering this possibility where the
faithful request it.
If there is a conflict, because humanly speaking two groups can enter
into conflict, the authority of the bishop
as written in the "motu proprio"
must intervene to avoid it, but without canceling the right that the
Pope gave to the entire Church.