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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
USCCB: Summorum Pontificum

The following article was emailed to me by a blog reader. I was given permission to post it publically:

The USCCB is either quite the entrepreneurial group, or they just wish to provide every single bit of information to US Catholics, or maybe a little of both. An example of this is their publishing website. You can find Church documents like Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) by Pope John XXIII. You can find things broken out between Vatican Documents, Papal Documents, Ecumenical & Interfaith Texts, even Bishops Statements.

What makes this all confusing though is that if you go to sections like "Papal Documents, Pope Benedict XVI" or if you go to "Vatican Documents - Worship" you'll be unable to find the recent document titled "Summorum Pontificum". Why? Here is the official response from Therese Brown of Marketing for USCCB Publishing:

"We have not and will not be planning on publishing this text in printed form. You may find the complete text at the Vatican website or it may be published by someone like the Pauline Sisters."

Pacem in Terris, John XXIII, place your order. Summorum Pontificum, Benedict XVI, no plans to publish...


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