27 September 2007
**[ Bp. Farrell on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum]("http://wdtprs.com/blog/2007/09/bp-farrell-on-the-motu-proprio-summorum-pontificum/") ** CATEGORY: [SESSIUNCULUM]("http://wdtprs.com/blog/category/sessiunculum/") — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 2:44 pm His Excellency Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas has issued a [letter to priests]("http://www.texascatholic.com/default.asp?IsDev=False&NodeId=936") of that diocese about the Holy Father’s provisions in *Summorum Pontificum*.
My **emphases **and comments.
**Bishop Farrell’s letter to the priests **
August 24, 2007
Today, I write to you concerning the most recent publication of Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI regarding the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary form, that is, according to the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962 by Pope Blessed John XXIII.
Here in the Diocese of Dallas the Extraordinary Form is celebrated every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. by the Reverend Father Joseph Terra, FSSP at the Chapel of Carmel of St. Joseph and the Infant of Prague. The Extraordinary Form is also celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish each morning at 6:30 a.m. and on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. The Ordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated in Latin (Novus Ordo) by the Reverend Paul Weinburger at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays at St. Williams’s Church in Greenville, Texas.
In accordance with Article V of the Motu Proprio it is the responsibility of the Bishop of the Diocese to oversee the celebration of the liturgy in all of its Forms. **[This sounds very much like “The Party Line”.] **As most of our priests have no formal liturgical training in the use of the Extraordinary Form **I ask that any priest who wishes to celebrate this Form to contact me so that I can assist him ****!] **in receiving adequate training in this Liturgical Form. **[It may be that Father already has adequate help in getting trained up for the old Mass. Why bother the bishop.] **In his letter to the Bishops of the world, which accompanied the Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificium”, the Holy Father pointed out that the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form “…presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language.”
It is my intention to **establish a committee of four priests who have knowledge of the Tridentine Rite to assist me in reviewing all requests from priests ****?] **and laity to establish public Masses in the Extraordinary Form. **[That’s nice, but the Motu Proprio leaves this to the PASTOR.] **It will be the responsibility of this committee to **assess the Pastoral needs of the people as well as the capacity of our priests and parishes to celebrate the Mass in this Form. ****[They can assess all they want, but don’t the provisions of the Motu Proprio leave the decision to the PASTOR? Where in *Summorum Pontificum **is there any reference to committees? Opps… sorry, there is none. Trick question.]