Implementation of Summorum Pontificum
Report of THE NETHERLANDS 2010
After the FIUV-Report 2009 was presented to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the end of October 2009 the Report of the Netherlands was sent to all Dutch bishops on November 10th, 2009. In separate accompanying letters each of the bishops was informed personally about the background of the report, especially that part referring to their own diocese. Besides general remarks, a special paper, called “Het is Goed voor de Kerk (It is Good for the Church)” was attached and an explanation to the specific part concerning the diocese of the Bishop. Also some suggestions were given to implement the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Unfortunately, only two of the seven bishops have given a response to that letter. Mgr. Hurkmans of the diocese ´s-Hertogenbosch wrote that the report will be studied by his staff, while the vicar-general of the diocese of Rotterdam, Mons. V., invited the Foundation Ecclesia Dei for a meeting. During that meeting, the vicar general, put the foundation under strong pressure to re-write the report concerning the diocese of Rotterdam.
Has the situation improved since 14th September 2009?
Despite the suggestions mentioned above the bishops still did not decide to a positive policy concerning the implementation Summorum Pontificum. No Dutch bishop or auxilary bishop has celebrated the traditional Latin liturgy or been present to preside such a Holy Mass from the Throne in Choro. As reported in 2009, it has been shown that most of the bishops do not support the implementation of the motu proprio. The general attitude is of being extremely passive, discouraging requests, ignoring the traditional liturgy and keeping the faithful in ignorance of the motu proprio by a lack of information combined with disinformation about the traditional Latin liturgy.
The two main reasons are still the same and can be pointed out:
- Firstly, the bishops are afraid of the opposition by the modernist-infected priests and/or parish boards, especially because these groups do not stop recruiting the public media for their opposition to the bishops and the Church in case of measures against them. The fact that the bishops are afraid of polemics and getting discord inside the Church in The Netherlands and have not undertaken any measures to solve these problems for many years.
Recently, the whole world witnessed of the scandalous profanation of the H. Mass by the so called “Orange Football-Mass” by Father V. in Obdam, diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. Now that has broken through to the international news agencies some temporary measures have been taken against him, while this priest has done this kind of events already more often. So after one month in a monastery, an already planned trip to Lourdes with parish faithful and a trip to Uganda, he will return to his parish. It is very sad to see the relatively large number of faithful from all over The Netherlands supporting this priest against the bishop, especially listening to the arguments because these arguments are so far away from the Church teachings, it shows the effects of a lack of school teaching of the Catechism for more then 50 years as well as misleading teachings in Catholic schools and by priests in combination with a great silence by the bishops in The Netherlands.
Due to the reactions of the parish board and a lot of faithful all over The Netherlands it is announced already by the diocese – before two months of reflection started – that Father V. will return after that period of two months, he will not be removed. What is even worse is that Father V. states that it is not sure if he wants to return as long as he is feeling himself to be restricted to fulfill his “job” as he wants to do. He is claiming he wishes to return to that parish without any restriction placed on him. Father V. is also a member of the diocesan priest board, elected by other priests in that diocese. In fact, this case is only one example of the numerous cases all over The Netherlands of many modernist infected priests who maintain their positions by keeping the faithful in ignorance.
- Because in The Netherlands the Church is financially independent of the government with no Church-tax and no financing of the Church-buildings as a part of the cultural heritage, the Church's income is only a subject of gifts from faithful on parish level and the dioceses are fully dependent on the parish payments. That makes even the well willing bishops tied, and subject to blackmail by unwilling parish boards and/or priests. So a number of parish boards and priests threaten their bishops by blocking the parish payments as well as going into a schism, taking the parish faithful into a kind of hostage.
In fact the bishops have to do here with a large group of priests and faithful, like members of the parish boards, sacristans and pastoral co-workers who are well organized by an underground network, well known as the former 8-May movement network, comparable to “Die Kirche von Unten”, which is extremely intolerant to all orthodox and traditional priests and faithful. In a certain way you can say that these modernist groups have hi-jacked the faithful, keeping them in ignorance of the Church teachings, by which they can blackmail the Church.
Moreover on the one hand, due to the restricted number of priests available it is not possible to suspend them all. On the other hand that would also be very difficult because a lot of these priests, like in this case Father V., are members of the diocese boards having a large influence on the official diocese policy. Therefore the bishops are not only tied, in fact they are more or less taken into custody.
In practice you can find modernist parish boards obstructing conservative priests as well as conservative boards, which are obstructed and blackmailed by modernist priests. Pray for the bishops, that their chains will be unlocked.
- Secondly, most of the current Dutch bishops belong to the neo-conservatives, having the opinion that the reformed Missal of 1970 has grown organically from the Missal of 1962 according to the wish of Vaticanum II. Therefore, they are reducing the Pope’s ‘Reform of the reform’ by only introducing the use of the norms of the Church: in Latin, ad orientem and communion on the tongue. As far as words only, so opposite these words no Dutch Bishop is saying the H. Mass in Latin regularly, celebrating the H. Mass ad orientem, promoting to receive the H. Communion on the tongue. They consider that the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite is only for exceptional use restricted for some specific and selected groups of faithful. As can be seen from the words by Mgr. Van Luijn, Bishop of Rotterdam: “It (the traditional Liturgy) requires abilities to people, which is not given to the average faithful”.
Or like Mgr Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, when he answered a request for a Holy Mass according to the traditional Latin Liturgy, after removing that Holy Mass in the region, by saying that faithful are welcome at the H. Mass in Utrecht at 17:30 hours. Mgr. Eijk did not consider that on the one hand one has to drive by public traffic for more then 2 hours and back too, while on the other hand the H. Mass is in fact at dinner-time.
Such an answer is really shocking; respectable men should not answer like that.
These cases illustrate the bishops' blind spots as another side of the problems in the Dutch Church.
Obviously, these blind spots correspond with the lack of vision of the bishops.
For that reason they cannot solve the problems in the Church in The Netherlands. And so the bishops do not have any policy, or even worse, they seem to have a total lack of will to solve the problem of desacralisation and profanation of the sacred liturgy of the Church. Therefore no initiative to implement Summorum Pontificum has been made. They are too blind to see that the blackmailing problem as well as the way they are kept in custody, can be solved by implementing Summorum Pontificum systematically by creating and strongly supporting regional orthodox Catholic centers by one or more of the fraternities and congregations acknowledged by the PCED celebrating the traditional Latin liturgy and cooperating with the remaining conservative priests. These centers will tie good-willing faithful together and draw them away from the modernist parishes and priests. In the long term, this investment will pay good dividends. The faithful are not as stupid as Mgr. Van Luijn has suggested. By such traditional spearheads the Church teaching will be assured as well as the sacredness of the Holy Mass and only then the Church will grow again.
From the Church statistics The Netherlands have 1,436 parishes with only 913 active priests available for both the parishes as well as the diocese management; a number that is still decreasing. Therefore, parishes will have to be fused or clustered and served by one priest. This means that some churches will put out of use and these could be used as such spearheads centres. Any help from conservative priests should be welcomed by the bishops. Instead of creating such spearheads, in some dioceses a policy is applied by which priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter are shut out of any pastoral activity because of a disagreement to the theology behind the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Only by that fact they consider a contradiction between the lex credendi, lex orandi of both forms of the Roman Rite, which, in fact, is acting against the motu proprio.
Considering that the lex credendi, lex orandi has been approved for centuries to be the lex credendi, lex orandi of the Church this attitude is a sign of dangerous consequences.
In some dioceses the situation has been improved since the first year of the motu proprio only by initiatives of individual relatively young priests. Some priests have attended the training organized by the German Pro Missa Tridentina at the Dutch-German border. Others, especially in the dioceses of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Roermond, a number of priests and seminarians have been trained and also taught the theology of the traditional Latin Mass by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter located in Amsterdam. Nowadays, after such intensive meetings with the traditional Latin liturgy, like these training sessions, most of these priests would like to celebrate only this liturgy. Most of these priests are celebrating the traditional Latin Liturgy in private and some even weekly in public now.
While in 2007 when Summorum Pontificum had recently been published only 2 or 3 diocesan priests were able to celebrate the traditional Latin liturgy but now, after three years of the motu proprio, about 30 priests can celebrate that liturgy, or are learning it, despite the strong resistance of a number of faithful, parish boards, and even their priestly brethren and without any support from their bishops. This number is about 5% of the active priests in the Dutch parishes. Recently, on the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, a number of these priests organized a conference for priests on the motu proprio.
It is really noticeable that most of these priests had their priestly education at one of the more orthodox seminaries, whiles the older priests, as well as those from the academic education, are strongly boycotting the implementation of the motu proprio and even suppressing their younger priestly brethren. They also set the faithful against the traditional Latin liturgy by spreading disinformation and creating a mental climate at which the faithful do not request the traditional Latin liturgy, even though they feel themselves attached to it.
In all dioceses you can hear very often the sad comments: “Why should I (we) ask for it, he (the priest) will refuse and work against it”. And learning by their experiences they cannot count on support by the bishops. Since the encouraging start in 2007, there is hardly any improvement at all during the last two years of the motu proprio.
Are you having many more Masses - and in different places?
There is hardly any increase of the number of Holy Masses on Sundays, only some growth Holy Masses on weekdays a by diocesan priests. Excluding the three Holy Masses celebrated by the Fraternity St. Pius X, after three years of the motu proprio, only two regular Sunday Masses are celebrated on each Sunday and Feast day. Firstly at the St. Agnes church in Amsterdam (diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam) at which the Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates H. Masses, including daily H. Masses, since 14 September 2006.
Secondly, as reported last year since Easter 2009 the Holy Mass in the St. Willibrordus church in Utrecht (Archdiocese of Utrecht) was celebrated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter on Sundays and Feast days in the very late afternoon, at 17:30 hr. However, since December 2009 the priest of the Fraternity has been replaced by a diocese priest, Father H. van der V., by which the regular H. Mass in Deventer has been removed.
Further, there is one more Sunday Mass in Stein, diocese of Roermond. This location has its roots in the early 1970's, but has never obtained an indult/permit by the Bishop of Roermond. After several changes by priests celebrating the Holy Mass, nowadays the Holy Mass is celebrated every Sundays and Feast day by a priest acknowledged by the PCED.
The Delft location had to be removed. This location with roots back to 1972, having had an indult since 1989 has been served by the Fraternity of St. Peter since 1999. After the Bishop of Rotterdam restricted the traditional Latin liturgy in Delft in 1998 and the PCED had ordered him to resolve that mistake, he entered into an agreement with the Fraternity of St. Peter in 1999. The diocese of Rotterdam did not continue this agreement in 2008, by which fact the Delft location had to be removed.
The following table gives the number of locations of the Holy Masses celebrated according to the traditional Latin Liturgy in the Netherlands, including two Holy Masses mentioned above:
To understand the absolute numbers in this table it has to be considered that The Netherlands has 16.5 Million inhabitants, of which about 4.45 Million are baptised Roman Catholics, and only 5% is attending Holy Mass on Sundays or Saturday evenings. The total number of Holy Masses during a Sunday and Saturday evening is about 1,900 of which only an average of 0.4% is concerning to the traditional Latin liturgy.
Which bishops have reacted positively to Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio?
Archdiocese of Utrecht:
Last year it was reported that Mgr. Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, had granted a request for the traditional Latin liturgy for the faithful in the St. Willibrordus church in Utrecht, which has been given in use to the Dutch Society for Latin Liturgy (VvLL). However, at the same time, the president of that society, mr. Z, who also is the lay secretary-general and chancellor of the archbishop and in charge for the archdiocese policy, had strongly organized a policy of discouraging anyone attending that Mass in the extraordinary form. This Holy Mass has been set at an unfavorable time of 17.30 hours on Sundays.
Until December 2009, a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter had celebrated that weekly Holy Mass on Sunday. It was forbidden to that priest to celebrate the Holy Mass daily at the St. Willibrordus too. The Society for Latin Liturgy, especially the president and archdiocesan lay-chancellor, Mr. Z., had only foreseen in one daily Mass according the 1970 Missal by one of their own priests. A second daily Mass, in the extraordinary form, was not allowed by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese.
Even when that daily Mass according to the Missal of 1970 could not be celebrated, because that late priest was in hospital the priest of the Fraternity was not welcome to celebrate a daily H. Mass. Praying the Rosary was preferred above a Holy Mass according to the traditional Latin liturgy. Mr. Z. also prevented the Fraternity of St. Peter from developing an apostolate in the Archdiocese of Utrecht.
On the 1st December 2009, Mr. Z, ended the period of ad experimentum with the Fraternity and replaced Father Van der V., the only priest in the archdiocese celebrating according to the traditional Latin liturgy, from his parish in Deventer/Wijhe to Utrecht as dean of the Utrecht cathedral and rector of St. Willibrordus with the special task of celebrating the traditional Latin liturgy in the St. Willibrordus. By this replacement the traditional Holy Mass on Sunday, once every two weeks in Deventer and once a month on Saturday in Wijhe, had to be removed. mr. Z. did not take care for the faithful attending the traditional Latin liturgy in Deventer/Wijhe.
By this action mr. Z./mgr Eijk decreased the number of locations with a regular traditional Latin liturgy in the Archdiocese Utrecht from three to one, while, as already mentioned above, faithful from other regions have been suggested to attend the traditional Mass in Utrecht, even if that means more then two hours travelling by public transport and back. So mr. Z, is offering the traditional liturgy in the region to remove the Fraternity of St. Peter from Utrecht, and to be assure of the continuation of the traditional Latin liturgy in St. Willibrordus in Utrecht. He really plays a double role more concerning his own image as president of the Dutch Society for Latin Liturgy then having interest for the Archdiocese and the faithful. All has been sanctioned by the Archbishop, Mgr. Eijk.
This has been reported to the PCED in February 2010, with copies to some other Congregations
Considering that according the Church statistics about 290 Holly Masses are celebrated on the Saturday evening and Sunday by 128 active priests for 306 parishes, any help by other priests would be welcome.
As reported last year the lack of information - or misinformation - about the traditional Latin liturgy to the faithful has continued. And so, due to that nothing more has been done to support the implementation of the motu proprio; no information, no explanation of the use of the traditional liturgy, even no trial to reach the faithful as well the priests, and no liturgical formation. Mgr Eijk did not support the implementation of Summorum Pontificum.
Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam:
Mgr. Punt is still preparing to grant the FSSP a personal parish. During that time priests of the Fraternity can work in St. Agnes' church in Amsterdam and all over this diocese. Talks are going on. All diocesan priests and faithful can freely contact the priests of the FSSP for information about the traditional Latin liturgy.
Last year the rector, Mons. H., took the initiative for a small education programme ad libitum at the diocesan seminary. Although the announcement on the internet brought the impression of a serious course for seminarians and priests, this course containing only four periods of a half a day (afternoon periods) was open for priests only and not for seminarians. Despite this Mons. H. had been criticized highly by the other rectors of Dutch seminaries as well as staff members too. By this decision, Mons. H. opposes the manipulation by the other rectors to write a letter to the bishops there is no interest in the traditional Latin liturgy at the seminaries without asking the seminarians.
It seems that besides young priests, this course will also be open for seminarians next study year. This is indeed a good start to implement the motu proprio. However, to fulfill this part of the implementation, this course would have to be extended and obliged to all seminarians and stimulated among the diocesan priests.
On 15th August 2010, Feast of the Assumption of the BVM, the Apostolic Nuncio presided at the Holy Mass in St. Agnes', Amsterdam, from the Throne.
The Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Bacqué, presided at Holy Mass in St. Agnes', Amsterdam
The sermon by the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Bacqué
Marial Procession at St. Agnes', Amsterdam
The Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Bacqué, attends the Marial Procession
The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the Apostolic Nuncio in St. Agnes', Amsterdam
The Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Bacqué, wih Father Knudsen FSSP at St. Agnes', Amsterdam
Diocese of Rotterdam:
At a meeting January 28th 2010, the Vicar-general, Mons. V., tried to put pressure on the Foundation Ecclesia Dei Delft to rewrite the report of 2009. However, from that meeting and the way he put pressure on us the following became clear.
As reported last year, in May 2008 Mgr Van Luyn’s promised the Foundation Ecclesia Dei Delft to found a center for the traditional Latin liturgy in his diocese, like St. Agnes in Amsterdam. He ordered his vicar general to look for the possibilities. Because Mgr Van Luijn sdb, is also president of the European Bishop's Conference the vicar general effectively runs the diocese. So, instead of creating such traditional centre, he creates the opposite. He sanctioned the refusal of a request of more than 50 faithful at the St. Jacques the Major in The Hague by Father Van der H.. Mons. V. discontinued the nine-years old agreement with the Fraternity of St. Peter by which, on one hand, the traditional Latin Mass in Delft had to be removed, and on the other hand it became impossible to establish the promised traditional centre, because such a centre cannot operate without the Fraternity of St. Peter. Although Mgr. Van Luijn has been informed that nothing changed or was getting restored, the vicar-general was still continuing his destructive work.
So, while the parish SS Michael and Clemens requested in April 2010 for a priest of the Fraternity as parish-administrator to have the traditional Latin Mass as the High Mass, he refused to speak about this request. On contrary, he put pressure on the parish board under pressure to accept a parish priest who is attached to the new movements except the traditional Latin liturgy. In August 2010 Mgr Van Luijn will reach his 75 birthday.
This was reported to the PCED in June 2010, with copies given to some other Congregations.
As reported last year, and what can be seen as a consequence from the above described attitude of the vicar general in this diocese, it is always the same procedure to delay and sabotage decisions from Rome. All through the years it has taken many victims.
It is well-known that some more priests in this diocese have a positive attitude to the traditional Latin liturgy but they are afraid for measures by the bishop’s policy, like a replacement or a speeding up of a fusion with other, say modernist, parishes.
Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden:
Mgr. De Korte succeeded Mgr Eijk at the beginning of 2008.
As reported last year, still no initiative has been undertaken to reconcile faithful attending the traditional Latin liturgy in Zwartemeer. Although these faithful requested a Mass under the indult since 1997/98 they never obtained one.
Obviously, one of the reasons for not getting a permission is that the former small parish church, which is owned by one of the faithful, would used for that Holy Mass After waiting many years for a Mass under the indult, for only short period in 2004 a priest of the Fraternity St. Pius X celebrated the H. Mass on request of the faithful. Furthermore due to the policy of the former Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden, who is the current Archbishop of Utrecht, Mgr Eijk, and his right hand, the president of the Dutch Latin Liturgy Society, a reconciling proposal made by our foundation in 2006 to re-consecrate that building as a private chapel has been denied. Nowadays, two Sundays a month, an irregular Holy Mass is celebrated by a retired missionary priest. It seems to be that the Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden does not want to reconcile these faithful attached to the traditional Latin liturgy.
Instead of initiatives to reconcile the faithful in Zwartemeer, Mgr. De Korte appointed last March two locations in his diocese for celebrating the traditional Mass if there is enough requests. The first one is in the cathedral in Groningen and the second one is in Sneek in the province of Friesland. The first one is about one hour driving by car from Zwartemeer; the second one is much further away.
Mgr. De Korte also appointed two diocesan priests, one for each location, to celebrate the traditional Latin liturgy. However, both priests have never learned to celebrate the Holy Mass according to this liturgy, and never showed any attachment to the traditional Latin liturgy. Moreover, because these priests belong to the few conservative priests in a diocese with many modernist priests and pastoral co-workers, these priests are very busy and do not have time to learn how to celebrate the traditional liturgy.
The announcement of the initiative by Mgr. De Korte has been published only once in the monthly magazine of the diocese, which is not favourable literature among the conservative and traditional faithful. This magazine is full of modernist writings normally.
Firstly, whereas no criterion for the number of those requesting has been set, when counting the requests they do not take into account that a single request can concern a number of faithful. And so, after agreeing that “enough requests” have been made, the two priests have still to start learning to celebrate the traditional Mass. Furthermore, considering the situation described above, most faithful attached to the traditional Latin liturgy are to gently to force these priests to celebrate the Holy Mass according the traditional Latin liturgy.
Therefore as reported last year a number of about eight young faithful from the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden are traveling regularly for three hours from Groningen to Amsterdam for the traditional Latin Mass, and three hours to return, mostly once in two month, and sometimes more often.
This gesture by the Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden seems to be a farce by which he can claim to be implementing Summorum Pontificum. Instead of appointing the two diocesan priest he should have invited one of the priestly groups recognised by the PCED as suggested by our letter of November 2009. They can take care of all locations: Zwartemeer, Groningen and Sneek. Moreover, taking into account that in this diocese 31 active priests have to manage 83 parishes, even 2 or 3 extra priests would not be enough but they would be welcomed by the Bishop instead of overloading the two priests mentioned above.
Diocese of Breda:
No change can be reported for this diocese. Mgr Van de Hende, despite continuing the traditional Latin Mass in Flushing has still not taken initiatives for a group of faithful in Breda, by granting them a place for the traditional Latin Mass in their area. There is a complete lack of initiatives to implement the motu proprio. There is no support, no information, and no explanation of the use of the traditional liturgy. Nothing has been done to reach out to the faithful as well the priests, and there has been no liturgical formation.
Diocese of ’s-Hertogenbosch:
Generally no change can be reported for this diocese. Mgr. Hurkmans did not undertake any action to implement the motu proprio. Notwithstanding the individual initiatives of some parish priests and seminarians, the subject of the traditional Latin liturgy has been ignored totally by the bishop and his staff. Nothing has been done to support the implementation of the motu proprio; there has been no information, no explanation of the use of the traditional Latin liturgy, no trials to reach the faithful as well the priests, and no liturgical formation.
On request of the bishops, the rectors of the seminaries were supposed to find out the interest for the traditional Latin liturgy at the seminaries. We have received reliable information that instead of openly asking all the seminarians in all the seminaries in The Netherlands, they decided a priori among themselves (without consulting the seminarians) that there is no interest for the traditional Latin liturgy. Supposedly, one of the rectors took it upon himself the write an advise to the bishops' conference in the name of all the rectors of the seminaries, to explain that there was no interest among the seminarians and therefore no need for (in)formation and training.
Contrary to that the factual situation is that seminarians from Utrecht and Rotterdam visited St. Agnes' in Amsterdam several times in secret, afraid for measures by the seminary board, while seminarians from 's-Hertogenbosch visited the traditional Latin Mass in Amsterdam and also in Vught by Father M. openly more often. After it became known that the rectors of the Dutch seminaries would write such an advise some seminarians of ´s-Hertogenbosch protested during a meeting with their Bishop. Because of the neutral and open attitude to the motu proprio by the rector of the seminary of ´s-Hertogenbosch, that protest by the seminarians resulted in one special course on the Traditional Latin Liturgy. The rector also allowed Father W., Church-lawyer, Latinist of Radio Vatican as well as the former private secretary of Mgr. Piacenza, Secretary of the Congregatio pro Clericis and teacher at the seminary [well known from several traditional internetsites (http://www.gero-p-weishaupt.com/ , www.kathnews.de , http://kirchenrechtlicher-kommentar.gero-p-weishaupt.com/ )] to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass in the seminary chapel three times a week.
We would like to give an impression of the mood/culture that exists in seminaries and among rectors and staff members of the seminaries in regard to the traditional Latin liturgy.
A first incident took place when a photograph was published on the internet with three of the seminarians of the diocese of ´s-Hertogenbosch wearing a cassocks. They were with priests of the Fraternity St. Peter at St.Agnes' in Amsterdam. The rector was criticised strongly by the other rectors as well as a lot of priests of the diocese ´s-Hertogenbosch. It seems that the photo even circulated among members of the bishops' conference. Very recently, one of these diocesan priests, Father S. (a former spiritual director of the seminary of ´s-Hertogenbosch before he was removed in 2002 by the bishop - he stepped down before he was formally removed -, wrote anonymous on the internet that wearing a cassock and celebrating the traditional Latin liturgy is a very bad sign, a sign of clericalism and “if these sort of things can happen we may as well close the seminary”; So, it appears that three highly-regarded seminarians witnessing to their faith and to their matured choice for being a seminarian, is a reason for this priest and former spiritual director to close the seminary! Despite that pressure the rector still allows the seminarians a lot of freedom in relation to their attachment to the traditional Latin liturgy, like being deacon and sub-deacon in the Masses at St. Agnes'.
- The second incident concerns seminarians from the seminary of the diocese of ´s-Hertogenbosch who are responsible for publishing of a quarterly seminary-magazine which is sent (among others) to the members of the prayer-group supporting the seminary. They decided to publish an Easter special on liturgy. They invited six authors, three who would write on the Liturgy of 1970 and three who would write on the traditional Latin liturgy. Normally, these papers are never read before publication by the rector. This time, however, after he had heard about the topic of the Easter special, the rector asked to read the papers in advance. Very likely due to the same group pressure among (the college of) rectors of the seminaries in the Netherlands (and not so late after the circulation of the aforementioned photo on the internet), the rector vetoed and refused publication of the papers on the traditional Latin liturgy. These papers concerning the traditional liturgy were written by the aforementioned Father W., by a priest of the FSSP of St. Agnes in Amsterdam, and Father M., episcopal delegate for the liturgy of the diocese of ´s-Hertogenbosch who also teaches canon law at the seminary. The rector of the seminary of ´s-Hertogenbosch seems to be willing to meet the requirements of Summorum Pontificum as can be seen from this report. Supposedly, he already had plans to organize a day of study for young priests (probably at one of the meetings for ongoing formation that are regularly held for priests ordained in the last five years) but seems to have cancelled/postponed these plans due to the pressure among his fellow rectors and clergy (also of the so-called neoconservative type like Father S.) in the diocese of ´s-Hertogenbosch. One of the seminarians let the Bishop know that he prefer the ordination according to the traditional Latin liturgy.
Diocese of Roermond:
No change can be reported for this diocese. Mgr Wiertz has not undertaken any action to implement the motu proprio. Besides the individual initiatives of some parish priests there is a complete ignoring of the traditional Latin liturgy by the bishop and his staff. No support of the implementation, no information, no explanation of the use of the traditional liturgy, even no trial to reach the faithful as well the priests, no liturgical formation, etc. In November 2008 there was an incident concerning a chapel in Kerkrade, just a few hundred meters on the Dutch side of the border that was bought by the German province of the SSPX. The bishop formally forbade the faithful to go to the traditional Latin liturgy in that chapel but did not arrange any alternative.
Furthermore, Mgr Wiertz did not undertake any action to reconcile faithful attached to the traditional Latin liturgy, who arranged the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass in a private chapel in Stein since about 1972 by several priests throughout the years. Since 2004 this Holy Mass has been celebrated by a priest acknowledged by the PCED.
By Jack P. Oostveen, President of the Foundation Ecclesia Dei Delft,