Monday, June 25, 2007

Motu Proprio - It's at the Vatican Printer!

No sooner had Fr. Z mentioned he had a tip from a "well-placed source" - that the motu proprio is at the Vatican printer - and voila! Similar news shows up in the Italian news magazine, Il Tempo.

The Holy Father goes on vacation in early July and perhaps he is wanting it released before he leaves.

I think I heard a box of bubbly being wheeled into a few rectories around the world as anticipation grows. The smell of unlit cigars is also beginning to permeate the air. In fact, if you see a white puff of smoke going up, it won't be the election of a new pope, but a bunch of stogies being lit with the liberation of the Mass as it was experienced by many of the saints we know and love.

Whether you are interested or not in the Classical Roman Rite, casually referred to as the old Mass, or the Tridentine, this is a very historical moment. We also need to keep in mind that in some corners of the world, including here in the US, people of all ages have been yearning for a Mass that is solemn and reverent, not casual and folksy. This will provide an alternative.


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Fr. Z: L’Occidentale: Why Pope Benedict would want to derestrict the “Tridentine” Mass


Fr. Dwight Longenecker, recently ordained after converting, raises some honest questions about Latin in the Liturgy - questions many people may have. Shawn Tribe at the New Liturgical Movement responds with an excellent dialogue and in a tone respectful of those who are not quite comfortable with Latin yet.

I agree with Shawn as he explains how he will approach the questions and what kind of attitude we should have toward's such questions. I'll start you out here and then you can follow the link below to read the full article.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a few Latin Questions. We should recall that Fr. Longenecker has come from a tradition of beautiful English language liturgical prose. That must be remembered for context. He had the following questions about Latin in liturgical worship, which he obviously has some struggles with, and really about certain traditional liturgical ethos generally. I will respond to them in turn in bold.

He notes that he asks these questions in earnest, and I think everyone should take them in that light. We must keep in mind that such answers, particularly in our current liturgical atmosphere are most certainly not evident. In fact, it requires a considerable amount of 'counter-ecclesial-cultural' thought and research. I say "ecclesial" but of course, I do not mean officially, but rather practically on the parish to parish level.

Unfortunately, because of people's frustrations in the face of the 'liturgical establishment' they can be tempted to react flippantly or emotionally to such questions, as though all who question such things do so ideologically. What must be remembered is that such is not the case. Many have been formed to think in such a way, and they have known nothing else. Others come from different traditions and so they look for explanations so they might at least understand

...Continue reading Latin in the Liturgy at The New Liturgical Movement...

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