Before the publication of the famous motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on 07/07/07, NCCL and colleagues foresaw the need for an apostolic administration, without which the motu proprio might more easily be rescinded under a future pontificate.
In a word, the difference is between ecclesial & liturgical reform, the latter being, alone, incapable of addressing the root causes of the current crisis and also an inadequate though necessary contribution to restoration.
In a word, Monsieur l’Abbé’s response was less than encouraging, as the follow-up letter from NCCL on June 21, 2007 indicates.
Perhaps when more clerics & laymen become more interested in being than doing we shall see the long hoped-for restoration?
May 8, 2007
Monsieur l’Abbé [name & address withheld online]
Monsieur l’Abbé [ … ],
having seen the excellent proposal in the attachment, allow me to ask you whether you and the Fathers of the [community] might consider developing the [community] into a traditional, international, personal Apostolic Administration along lines which Fr. Aulagnier has published online?
While everyone but liberals and neo-conservatives will welcome the new motu proprio, it stands to reason that we still need to think about permanent solutions, which also address the deep spiritual causes of the crisis. (Where, for example, are the needed bishops going to come from, apropos of Cardinal Ratzinger’s wise observation to pilgrims at the indult celebrations in Rome in 1998?) Besides, one can easily imagine a liberal attempt to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who will be less sympathetic towards traditional Catholics.
It would not, therefore, be difficult during a future pontificate to rescind traditional measures established during the reigns of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. That could not happen to a traditional, personal international apostolic administration. A “particular Church” (can. 368), an apostolic administration is a permanent juridical person which by definition is perpetual.
It would follow that since the apostolic administration is perpetual according to the universal law, its reason of being (tradition) would also be perpetual according to that same law.
We pray to the Good Shepherd that He may continue to shower you, dear Monsieur l’Abbé and Superior General, and your [community] with the most abundant graces. With cordial greetings, I have the honor to be your obedient servant
in the Risen Lord,