29 June 2007

More Motu Proprio Fever

[Taken from Rorate Caeli]
Some further details from the news website of the Belgian Episcopal Conference.


In a declaration made on June 28 to the press, Father Lombardi [the head of the Holy See Press Office] assured that the publication of this document should take place in the days ahead, "maybe next week".

"The pope wished to present the document personally to the authorities most interested [in it],"explained the director of the Holy See Press Office. He added that Benedict XVI had thus wished for "a personal, direct and non-epistolary presentation" of the Motu Proprio to the bishops.

Fifteen people took part in the meeting, detailed Father Lombardi, among whom French Cardinals Philippe Barbarin, Primate of the Gauls, and Jean-Pierre Ricard, President of the French Episcopal Conference.Three Cardinals of the Curia were also present: Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Father Federico Lombardi indicated that the document would now be sent to the Bishops. The director of the Holy See Press Office added that no press conference will take place.


The text presented to the prelates on June 27 should still undergo "some small retouches", the [news] agency I.Media has otherwise learned.

The statement in the last paragraph was provided by the news agency, not by Father Lombardi.

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