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Friday, June 15, 2007
Motu Proprio watch

From Rorate Coeli, via Catholic World News: Motu Proprio "will be published right before the departure of Benedict XVI for the summer vacation," which begins July 9.

(That may just allow it to avoid being lost amid all the Harry Potter events. Unconfirmed rumors: burlap banner is a horcrux; "Introibo" is new password to headmaster's office; Snape wrote "Take This Bread" before turning spy for the Order; Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will officiate at Ron and Hermione's wedding.)

Ahem, moving right along. This report names three tasks -- er, um -- cardinals who will give the press conference introducing the Motu Propio: Francis Cardinal Arinze, Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, and Julian Cardinal Herranz. A very interesting trio. Cardinal Arinze is a proven agitator for a more reverent, rubrical, "vertical" usage of the Novus Ordo, but is not known for enthusiasm for the Tridentine rite. For Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, the Tridentine revival has become issue number one, with issue number two being the reconciliation of the Lefebvrists. Cardinal Herranz, a priest of Opus Dei, recently retired as head of the office that interprets Canon Law.

These three seem well chosen. Because Arinze and Herranz will be there, Castrillon Hoyos is unlikely to say that the Novus Ordo is over and gone, or that the Lefebrvists aren't in schism, or that the crumple-horned snorkack can be seen in Sweden. Because Castrillon Hoyos will be there, Arinze is unlikely to try to minimize the impact of the M.P. (assuming he would wish to do so, which I don't mean to imply with any certainty). And because Herranz will be there, canon-legal questions will be answered with precision.

All of the above assumes, of course, that the report cited by Rorate Coeli is correct. And frankly, we who've been waiting for the Motu Proprio have gone through more than our share of crumple-horned snorkacks.