Steady As She Goes, Holy Father

Although some traditionalist groups have expressed fears that the Instruction might water down the provisions of the motu proprio, Tornielli reports that the new document will actually strengthen the force of the Pope’s directive to expand use of the extraordinary form. The Instruction will encourage seminaries to prepare future priests for using the traditional liturgy, he says. And the document will indicate that when Summorum Pontificum refers to the need for a “stable group” to request the Latin liturgy, that phrase should not be interpreted to require a congregation that was in existence prior to the promulgation of the motu proprio. (Source)

Yikes!  There goes one of Fr. Rosica’s gigs.  Contrast and compare Benedict above with Fr. Rosica below.

The pillar of the renewal of priestly life is the liturgy. If the priest does not rediscover the true meaning of the liturgy in his life, he cannot find himself. The liturgy is the place of education to communion. The protagonist of the liturgy is Christ, not the Pope, the Cardinals in Rome, and not even the parish priest. By living the liturgy, we can enter into the life of God, and only thus can we priests journey effectively with the men and women of our time and of all time. Nevertheless the liturgical reform must concern itself not only with texts and ceremonies, rubrics and rituals, vestments and the number of candlesticks on altars, but also with the spiritual hungers of human communities that we serve. Without authentic evangelization, participation in the liturgy is ultimately hollow– an aesthetic pastime or a momentary palliative; without the works of justice and charity, participation in the liturgy is ultimately deceptive, playing church rather than being churchNor can we forget that permission for the “Extraordinary Rite” of the Mass was granted for the sake of unity in the Church and nothing else. “The Extraordinary Rite” is exactly that: extraordinary. What is ordinary is what the vast number of our faithful celebrate each week. To impose what was meant to be “extraordinary” on ordinary situations does a great disservice to the unity of the Church and goes against the intent of the Holy Father. To misuse the special permission of the Holy Father for the Extraordinary Rite for political motives causes division. We must be about the work of unity in a Church that is often so divided. (Source)

Times they are a changin’.   Out with the banjos and the bongos and in with the Chant.

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