[quote=otm]Don’t hold your breath. First, the Pope does not micro manage anything, including the liturgy.
Second, the Pope does not operate in a vacuum. Any decisions about increasing the TLM would be taken in conjunction with the bishops. that should tell you something right there.
The Pope is the head of the Church. The Bishops must follow what the Pope says or they become schismatics.
[quote=]Third, SSPX isn’t going to regularize if they don’t want to. They were invited back to the table by John Paul, and chose not to come. Benedict isn’t going to go chasing them.
The new Pope is no John Paul II. John Paul II reached out to the snake worshippers, I think this Pope will reach out to those who still have the faith (the Traditionalists)
[quote=]And making one of them a Cardinal? When pigs fly…
[quote=]And if the TLM was not abrogated, then there is no need for an indult. But there is an indult. Therefore it was abrogated.
In 1986, John Paul II commissioned 9 Cardinals - Ratzinger, Mayer, Oddi, Stickler, Casaroli, Gantin, Innocenti, Palaz-zini, and Tomko - to determine whether or not the Old Mass was ever abrogated. They agreed unanimously that it was never abrogated. This is a fact that can be verified. The Old Mass does not need an Indult to be said. I understand that you may not have heard this, but it is true.
That is why Cardinal Stickler, who was one of the nine Cardinals appointed by John Paul II to study that matter, said the following in his preface to the re-print of the Ottaviani Intervention on November 27, 2004: “Fortunately, the latin roman Mass so-called of St Pius V has never been forbidden: priests and faithful can always draw from the source of the Lex orandi (law of praying) and in this way live faithfully the Lex credendi (law of believing)” (Cardinal Sticker, November 27, 2004 preface to the reprint of the Ottaviani Intervention).
On May 20, 1995 at the Christi Fidelis conference in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Cardinal Stickler gave an address entitled “The Theological Attractiveness of the Tridentine Mass”. In the question and answer session after his speech, he was asked about the nine Cardinal Commission of 1986, and whether or not it was true that the Old Mass was never abrogated. The Cardinal explained,
“I can answer because I was one of the Cardinals.” He continued,** “the answers given by the nine Cardinals in 1986 was ‘No, the Mass of Saint Pius V (Tridentine Mass) has never been suppressed’.”**
The Cardinal also confirmed the incident regarding the Papal decree. He related that of this commission of nine Cardinals, eight Cardinals were in favor, and one was against, a general permission to be drawn up making it clear that everyone could choose the old Mass as well as the new. The Cardinal explained that John Paul II seemed willing to promulgate this sort of announcement, but a few National Episcopal conferences who found out about the “danger” of this permission, came to the Pope and said “this should not be absolutely allowed because it would be the occasion or the cause of controversy in the people of God – in the faithful themselves … one against the other, and so on.” Cardinal Stickler explained that in the face of this argument, the Pope abstained from signing this decree.