In a July 19 decree, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, a canon lawyer, dispensed two parishes in his diocese from an article of Pope Francis’ July 16 motu proprio, meaning they will be allowed to continue to celebrate Masses in Latin according to the 1962 Missal.
“Eucharistic celebrations are permitted at these locations using the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint John XXIII in 1962 on any or all days of the year,” Paprocki declared.
One of the two churches is Sacred Heart Church, administered by priests of The Canons Regular of the Society of St. John Cantius (SJC); the church part of the parish of St. Katherine Drexel in Springfield. The other parish in question, St. Rose of Lima in Quincy, is a personal parish administered by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Priests of both the SJC and the FSSP offer the Traditional Latin Mass.
Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes (“Guardians of the tradition”), issued last Friday and effective immediately, allows individual bishops to authorize the use of the Traditional Latin Mass in their respective dioceses. Previously, Pope Benedict’s 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum recognized the rights of all priests to celebrate the Traditional Mass, and did not require them to obtain the permission of their bishop to do so.
A provision of the new document says that bishops are to “designate” the locations of traditional liturgies, adding that they cannot be offered at “parochial churches.”
Paprocki cited Canon 87, section 1 of the Code of Canon Law for his decision to issue the dispensation for the two parishes in his diocese. The canon states: “A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that a dispensation will contribute to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the Church.”
Paprocki’s document is unique in that it is a decree with canonical dispensations, and not just an episcopal statement.
“Since it will contribute to the spiritual good of the faithful, to the extent that it may be needed, a dispensation is granted from Art. 3, § 2 of Traditionis custodes authorizing the use of the 1962 Roman Missal at the parish churches St. Rose of Lima Church in Quincy, Illinois, and Sacred Heart Church of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, Illinois,” Paprocki’s decree stated. In accord with Pope Francis’ requirement that readings at Traditional Masses be proclaimed in the vernacular, Paprocki authorized those two parishes to do so.
The new papal document also details the responsibilities of bishops whose dioceses already have one or more groups offering the Traditional Latin Mass. It mandates that bishops determine these groups do not deny the validity of Vatican II and the Magisterium.
Bishop Paprocki determined that several such groups operating in his diocese fulfill these requirements. The groups include the Canons Regular of the Society of Saint John Cantius, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and the Canons Regular of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
The above comes from a July 20 story by Catholic News Agency.