Monday, July 07, 2008

Trans-Alpine Redemporists to seek reconciliation with Rome

Update: The Transalpine Redemptorists, a small traditionalist community on the island of Orkney, has been reconciled with the Holy See, the Rorate Caeli blog has revealed. Father Michael Mary, the vicar general of the Transalpine Redemptorists, announced on the group's own blog that the community had been informed that the suspension of its priests has been lifed by the Vatican. 'All canonical censures have been lifted,' he said, and the group has been welcomed into 'undisputed communion' with the Holy See. The traditionalist leader said that he had 'humbly petitioned' the Vatican for a restoration of communion, in a June 18 meeting with Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the president of the Ecclesia Dei commission. The Vatican replied positively on June 26, he reported. Father Michael Mary expressed his gratitude, and that of the Transalpine Redemptorists, to Pope Benedict XVI, 'for issuing, last July, the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum which called us to come into undisputed and peaceful Communion with him.'

Action: prayers, please,
22/04/08for this monastery on Papa Stronsay in the Orkneys. It has been one of the religious orders loosely affiliated to the Society of St Pius X, and therefore in 'imperfect communion' with Rome, since its inception. Now, following the Motu Proprio, they hope for reconciliation. This is one of the beneficial effects the Pope hoped for in issuing the MP; another small group, 'Oasis', based in Spain, has already been reconciled.

Hat-tip to Valle Adurni.

From the Redemptorists' blog, the Superior makes some interesting points:
  • The fact is that we have the Mass vindicated by the Pope; he is trying to change other things quickly; and he is calling us back to himself.
  • Yes there are still problems about ecumenism and collegiality, but problems are not new to the Church we can battle through them if we have the Mass.
  • Sooner or later we must all heed the Pope’s call or become something different from Catholic.
  • Some people will fear and will be a long time learning to trust the Pope again; God is merciful and God may wait. Some are nearly ready to accept the Pope. A lot are edified with what he is trying to do.
See the full post here.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen