From Fr. Neuhaus
One of the more deft moves in Benedict’s apostolic letter motu proprio, titled “Summorum Pontificum,” is in referring to the 1962 form of the Roman Rite as the Mass of Blessed John XXIII. It is not the Tridentine Mass or the Mass of Pius V but the Mass of John XXIII. It is the form of the Mass that was celebrated daily at the Second Vatican Council.
Benedict notes that, over the many centuries of the Roman Rite, popes have from time to time made modest changes. Pius V did so in 1570, John XXIII did so in 1962, and Paul VI did so in 1970, the last producing what is called the Novus Ordo. Benedict notes that John Paul II also made small but important emendations regarding references to the Jews in the Good Friday Liturgy. (More on that below.)
By associating the Latin Mass that is now universally approved with John XXIII, Benedict steals a card from the deck of liberals and progressives, for whom John XXIII is always “good Pope John,” in contrast to his successors. But this is much more than a deft rhetorical move. “Summorum Pontificum” is a thoroughly liberal document in substance and spirit, remembering that liberal means, as once was more commonly understood, generosity of spirit.
One of my readers queried the other day if it wasn’t in fact the 1962 missal that was used throughout the proceedings of the Council, and the answer is obviously yes. The Pope calling it the Mass of John XXIII was referring to the authorized missal and not I think making a "deft move." Though I do think it can be used rather creatively to call out opponents as being against the form of Mass approved by Pope John XXIII who called the council in the first place and the Mass used throughout Vatican II? Even that they are trying to roll back Vatican II. It is always ironically funny to hear liturgical progressives who decry organ music and Gregorian Chant (things actually encouraged by Vatican II) to hear them talk about roll back of Vatican II. Hey I would love to roll back to Vatican II and have Masses celebrated as intended.
Gerald has some wonderful pictures up of Fr. Fessio celebrating the new Mass. Many might think that how Fr. Fessio does celebrate the new Mass is in opposition to liturgical rules when the opposite it the fact.