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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
— His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI (11 May 2005)

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Tenth Anniversary Celebration • “Summorum Pontificum”
published 13 August 2017 by Fr. David Friel

HE TENTH anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, is being marked in a variety of ways in different places. Some parishes and universities have hosted lectures, concerts, and discussion groups. Others have arranged for solemn Masses to commemorate the historic promulgation.

The occasion will be marked in Philadelphia with a solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on September 14, 2017, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This is the date on which the motu proprio came into effect, after having been published on July 7, 2007.

This Mass will be offered by Most. Rev. Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul (18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia).

Philadelphia’s Cathedral will also be the site for this week’s solemn high choral Assumption Mass, organized each year by Mater Ecclesiae Parish (Berlin, NJ). Music for this celebration will be provided by the Ars Laudis Festival Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Timothy McDonnell. The Mass Ordinary will be Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 3 in B-flat Major.

Mass for the Blessed Mother’s feast will begin at 7 PM on August 15, 2017 in the Cathedral Basilica. All are welcome.

One decade removed from Summorum Pontificum, now is a good time to go back and re-read the document and the accompanying letter. Both texts are noteworthy for the pastoral concern that prompts and shapes them.