Saturday, August 3, 2013, the Ecclesia
Dei Commission, the Vatican dicastery that supervises the observance and
application of the norms in the 2007 motu proprio concerning the Traditional
Latin Mass, welcomed back its secretary, Guido Pozzo. As a monsignor he had served in that position
from 2009 to 2012, during which time he coordinated the doctrinal discussions
between the Society of Saint Pius X and the Congregation for the Doctrine of
the Faith (to which Ecclesia Dei is directly
attached). In November of 2012 Msgr.
Pozzo was appointed Almoner of His Holiness and was consecrated an archbishop
(a title traditionally connected with that post).
April of this year Archbishop Pozzo was also named a consultor to the CDF, in
which he had worked for years when it was headed by then-Cardinal
Ratzinger. As archbishop, Guido Pozzo has
celebrated Pontifical High Mass several times in the Extraordinary Form of the
Roman Rite. On June 22, 2013, in the
Church of the Santissima TrinitÀ dei
Pellegrini in Rome, Abp. Pozzo ordained one priest for the Italian District
of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and two priests for the Transalpine
Redemptoristspriests who will be dedicated to the preservation of the
traditional Latin liturgy of the Church.
The return of
now-Archbishop Pozzo to the Ecclesia Dei
Commission should be viewed as a positive development. The position of secretary had previously
never been held by a bishop. Now, with its
president, Abp. Gerhard
Ludwig Müller (Prefect of the CDF), and its vice president, Abp. Augustine Di
Noia, the Commission has three archbishops, which is a reflection on the significance
of its work. Most importantly, however, considering
the reorganization of the Roman Curia being planned by Pope Francis, the
Commission now has a secretary who is well acquainted with the religious
communities and priestly societies that are devoted to the Traditional Latin
Mass and is himself sympathetic to the traditional liturgy.