Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Universæ Ecclesiæ

Sandro Magister reports on "Benedict XVI's prescription to heal a liturgical disorder that has become 'hard to bear'" — Two Masses for a Single Church. The Supreme Pontiff, arguing that "the two forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be mutually enriching," hopes "the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI will be able to demonstrate, more powerfully than has been the case hitherto, the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage."

Pope Ratzinger reflected:
    In many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear. I am speaking from experience, since I too lived through that period with all its hopes and its confusion. And I have seen how arbitrary deformations of the liturgy caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church.
Fortunately, for those of us living in Confucian Korea, where rites are taken seriously, this has not been a concern; the Mass of Paul VI, a.k.a. the Novus Ordo Missae, here is celebrated with "the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage" that the Vicar of Christ spoke of.

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