Thursday, May 08, 2008

Roman Catholic Blog's comments on Archbishop Piero Marini calling Second Vatican Council's Liturgical Renewal "Irreversible"

Folks, my beloved brother in Christ Thomistic of Roman Catholic Blog wrote a commentary on Archbishop Piero Marini's comments calling the Post-Conciliar liturgical reform "irreversible," appropriately named  Ex-Papal Liturgist, Archbishop Piero Marini: Liturgical Renewal "Irreversible". Thomistic dismissed Archbishop Marini's comments, stating that

It's clear that the archbishop is not in agreement with Pope Benedict XVI with respect to the liturgy. That is probably why he's known as ex-papal liturgist, Archbishop Piero Marini.

I must caution, that many times we look at this through very provincial, very North American eyes. Where I am from, the now ordinary form - the one which is in ordinis, the norm - the post-Conciliar Mass I mean, was received enthusiastically. In my travels throughout Latin America there's no general desire to reestablish the Extraordinary Form wholesale. I observed the same thing in Korea and suspect that this is the case in most of Asia and Africa.

It appears to me that the ground, material fact is that the so-called novus ordo has made the Roman Rite accessible to billions who in many instances didn't bother before, thereby becoming a powerful missionary tool. The pining for the restoration of the extraordinary form and the deep-seated hope that it will eventually displace the novus ordo appears to me almost a strictly Western, Anglo-European-American-Oceania phenomenon, a clear minority of the Catholic world. In this context, the Pope's actions were indeed clearly a concession to schismatics in one hand, and a minority of loyal Catholics on the other with a particular pastoral need.

As a lover of both forms of the Roman Mass, I hope that the older use repristinates the newer one and that the new one quickly raises to the dignity and solemnity that the Council Fathers envisioned, and that both forms are held by Catholic faithful in the highest esteem together, receiving gratefully and fruitfully these gifts, these two forms of the single celebration of the central mysteries of the Catholic faith.