Thursday, August 12, 2010

No Altar Girls!

I got this excellent news from over at the excellent Rorate Caeli

For a while now, a German Canonical Commentary on Summorum Pontificum by the German latinist and canon lawyer Fr. Gero P. Weishaupt has been available online. This commentary has now been published as a book, and the preface to this book was written by H.E. Archbishop Raimond L. Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. The full text of the preface is available at the German website Summorum Pontificum. Here is an NLM translation of a passage of the preface which doubtlessly will raise great interest:

In the second chapter of his commentary, Weishaupt answers a number of practical issues that arise regarding the implementation of Summorum Pontificum and result from recent changes to the discipline of the celebration of the sacraments, such as e.g. those regarding female altar servers or lay people who perform the ministry of lectors or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. To answer these questions , the commentary correctly applies two general canonical principles.

The first principle requires that liturgical norms, which were in force in 1962, are to be diligently observed for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, for these norms protect the integrity of the Roman rite as contained in the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. The second principle states that the subsequent liturgical discipline is only to be introduced in the Extraordinary Form, if this discipline affects a right of the faithful, which follows directly from the sacrament of baptism and serves the eternal salvation of their souls.

The application of these two principles to the cases mentioned leads to the conclusion that neither the service at the altar by persons of the female sex nor the exercise of the lay ministries of lector or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion belong to the basic rights of the baptized. Therefore, these recent developments, out of respect for the integrity of the liturgical discipline as contained in the Missale Romanum of 1962, are not to be introduced into the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite. The commentary presents here in an impressive manner that the mutual enrichment of both forms of the Roman rite is only possible if discipline peculiar to each of the two forms is accordingly carefully observed.
That means no altar girls, no chyx with pyx, and no lectors need apply at celebrations of the Old Mass.

I betcha someone's pantsuits are gonna be in a bunch about this one...

It is a blessing to see some parts of the Church acknowledging our traditions.


Anonymous said...

Now you're starting to sound like the muslims, who make women take a "back seat" to men. What is wrong with a female taking a part in church services? I would rather see this than girls running the streets. Who knows; taking part in church services just may induce some girls to the convent.

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Oh Elaine.

We don't have Church "services".

We have Mass.

And if we had Mass the same way the Muslims have whatever it is they have, you wouldn't even be in the same room with us men. There's no comparison.

Traditionally women did not enter the Holy sanctuary. Only the Priest and the boys assisting at Mass were allowed. Today it is a travesty to see anyone and everyone trouncing around in the sanctuary prior to Mass, and most of them give no reverence to the Blessed Sacrament reserved there.

In the Traditional Mass, women did not enter the sanctuary. And now we know they still won't be able to now that we have the norms established.

No women in the sanctuary is a tradition. One that will be upheld in the Old Mass.

And that's a good thing.