Back when Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson was Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, he issued a directive that Ordinariate priests were not to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) on Ordinariate properties.
Ordinariate priests could celebrate the TLM for other communities, but the point of having the Ordinariate, at least in North American circles, was to promote Anglican patrimony.
At the time, there was a quite a reaction, with some wondering if Msgr. Steenson had the jurisdiction to make such a call, seeing as it went against, some argued, the spirit of Summorum Pontificum, in which Pope Benedict XVI made it much easier for priests to celebrate the TLM, even without permission of their bishop ahead of time.
I personally agreed with Msgr. Steenson’s call.
This section of Summorum Pontifcum did give him the jurisdiction to make the call:
Art. 5, §1 In parishes where a group of the faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition stably exists, the parish priest should willingly accede to their requests to celebrate Holy Mass according to the rite of the 1962 Roman Missal. He should ensure that the good of these members of the faithful is harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the bishop in accordance with Canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church.
I return to this debate, however, because of a comment left by Taylor Hall recently on the post Syncretism? Bait and Switch:
Here is part of Taylor Hall’s comment:
The only thing that concerns me is when some in the Ordinariate (key word some, not all) try to make the claim that the Traditional Latin Mass is somehow not appropriate for the Ordinariate. This is an unfortunate sentiment. Before the liturgy was vernacularized with the Book of Common Prayer, the liturgy in England was always in Latin. During the persecution of Catholics in Elizabethan times and after, the martyrs such as St Edmund Campion said the mass as codified by the Council of Trent. In my opinion, these martyrs are indeed part of the Anglican patrimony. If the TLM was good for them, it’s good for the Ordinariate. Why couldn’t the Ordinariate say the Book of Divine Worship mass and the TLM side by side?
Why shouldn’t it?
While I think all of us should attend a TLM from time to time and be familiar with it and it’s beauty, I would not want to see our Ordinariate parishes offering the TLM if it came at the expense of Divine Worship: the Missal. An Ordinariate parish could end up serving a much larger TLM-oriented community that has no background in the Anglican world, and no interest in it.
There is much to be said about discovering the pre-Reformation patrimony of the English Catholic Church as part of our Anglican patrimony project, but at this stage, I do not think introducing the TLM side by side with Divine Worship is the way to go.
Maybe others have different ideas. Your thoughts?