If any of you have looked at Fr. Z's blog lately you'll see a new rumor concerning the much anticipate Motu Proprio. The rumor, which you can read in it's entirety at What Does the Prayer Really Say, states the the MP will be released this week. Sounds exciting doesn't it? Well, my advice is don't buy it. Don't let it get your hopes up. I imagine the rumor started somewhat like this:
The rumor so far is that Alice Von Hildebrand, after talking to the Pope, said that the Pope planned on releasing the MP in May. Our first guess was May 5, the feast of St. Pius V on the old calender. This turned out to be wrong (surprise). Well, we only have one week left in May. Actually, we only have 3 days. Because of the combination of these two facts, some nut out there thought he would create a story putting 2 and 2 together. If Von Hildebrand said it would come out in May and there's only a week left then of course it would be released this week. Viola! You have a rumor.
Things like this have been going on all year (well, since I've entered the seminary). These rumors and every one like it have all been wrong. We've been taken on a roller coaster of false hope. Nothing has come from believing in these rumors except sorrow and frustration. This little post is a warning. Don't believe an idiot. The media is never right about these things and they're probably not right about it now. Don't get me wrong, I hope I'm wrong, but unfortunately I haven't been proven wrong when it comes to the other rumors.
In the long run, we must have patients as we wait out this great Lent. Like Christ praying in the desert, we must have dependence on the Father that He will lead His Church. We must continue to pray for our clergy especially the bishops and the Pope that they be led by the Holy Spirit. This is the job of the lay faithful. It has always been the job of the lay faithful, and in God's time He will answer our prayers.
+Oremus Pro Invicem+