Regardless of what we may think about why Benedict didn’t say anything at the time to oppose the tyrannical motu proprio, this latest revelation prompts the question: Why would any bishop feel obliged to obey an order which “broke Benedict’s heart” and which, according to his personal secretary, Benedict lamented as a massive abuse of power that could only harm the faith of young Catholics the world over?
Traditionis Custodes is an abomination and, especially after this startling revelation, no bishop in the world should have anything more to do with its implementation.
“I believe it broke Pope Benedict’s heart to read the new motu proprio, because his intention had been to help those who simply found a home in the old Mass…”
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll)and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.