Resources for understanding Traditionis Custodes

On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis, โ€œin a constant search for ecclesial communion,โ€ issued an Apostolic Letter, motu proprio, titled Traditionis Custodes, regarding the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

To better understand Pope Francisโ€™ recent motu proprio, it might be helpful to read previous papal documents. Traditionis Custodes is remarkably consistent with Saint John Paul IIโ€™s document Quattuor abhinc annos. It elaborates on the conditions required to celebrate the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum:

  • the permissions and indult required
  • the Bishopโ€™s report back to the Vatican
  • an established community who asks for it
  • the dates of the celebration
  • that it not take place in parish churches
  • and that the Tridentine Rite may not be combined with the novus ordo.

Primary Sources

  • Summorum Pontificum โ€” Pope Benedict XVI’s July 7, 2007, Apostolic Letter, motu proprio “On the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the Reform of 1970”
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    • Latin ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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  • Letter of Pope Benedict XVI that accompanied the publication of Summorum Pontificum
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    • Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
    • Portuguese ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Traditionis Custodes โ€” Pope Francis’ July 16, 2021, Apostolic Letter, motu proprio “On the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the Reform of 1970”
    • English ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
    • Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
    • German ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
    • Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • Letter of Pope Francis that accompanied the publication of Traditionis Custodes
    • English ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
    • Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
    • German ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
    • Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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