Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SP January 22, 2008

By Patrick Archbold

Faith: Latin Mass for Those on the Go
Twin priests restore and record CD of traditional service.

Vatican official says pope does not want to abandon liturgical reform
Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of launching a liturgical "return to the past" but would like to recover some important elements that have been lost or forgotten in recent decades, the Vatican's liturgist said.


Anonymous said...

Just so you know, the Radecki brothers are sedevacantists (part of CMRI). The article doesn't make that clear.

David Agercervarum said...

It seems that it’s mostly Americans who have gotten excited about the Pope facing the altar during his Mass in the Sistine Chapel on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Any elderly resident of Rome who has been attending early morning Mass every day at St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major or St. Paul’s Outside the Walls has been attending such Masses -- day in, day out. For the last 50 years! The Pope did not perform some breathtaking act of liturgical derring-do. In Rome, that’s just how it’s done. Period. No big deal! What’s the excitement about here?

Yet when the Pope goes to one of the parishes in his diocese to celebrate in the parish church with his people, as their bishop, he will most likely be standing at a detached altar facing the people. In Rome, that’s just how it’s done. Period. No big deal! What’s the excitement about here?

Perspective. We need to view things from a perspective that is wider than our own, perhaps limited, experience.

Chironomo said...

David... are you saying here that the Pope has been saying Mass Ad Orientem for the past 40+ years, and nobody has bothered to notice? There are perhaps Priests in Rome who do so, but the portable altar has been used in the Sistine Chapel since the early 1970's, and since that time, neither Pope Paul VI nor JPII ever said Mass Ad Orientem, at least not in public. It is a big deal because the Pope leads by example. And the excitement about this issue is not only from Americans...