Monday, July 16, 2007

Continuity — or Discontinuity?

. . . there has in fact been no more restrictive or proscriptive period in the history of the Roman rite than the years following the Second Vatican Council.
— Alcuin Reid, Letter to The Tablet, 10 March 2007

The adoption of a new calendar that altered the liturgical year and modified the relative importance of certain feasts and memorials, the removal of saints from sanctoral cycle that were deemed unhistorical, the revision of the celebration of funerals, the re-introduction of the adult catechumenate, all significantly changed the liturgy, no matter how much the Pope may argue for continuity between the old and new Roman Rites.
— Mark Francis, Beyond Language, The Tablet

. . . whether we have in fact done as we have been told in Church, in the last 40 years we have been told a good deal about what we must and must not do: that Rome required us to adopt the new rites and to forsake the old, that the bishops required us to transfer this feast or that to a Sunday, that the bishop insists that the tabernacle be moved to the side, that churches must be re-ordered, and so forth.
— Alcuin Reid, The Pope has created a liturgical ‘free market’, The Catholic Herald

From 1970, when the Missal of Paul VI was promulgated, to 1984 when the Congregation for Divine Worship issued an indult to allow a local bishop to permit celebrations of the old rite, the abrogation of the Tridentine Missal was taken for granted.
— Mark Francis, Beyond Language, The Tablet

LAGUÉRIE - A nova missa corresponde a teologia dos anos 1960. A missa antiga, a uma teologia que foi eterna na Igreja Católica. [Rorate Cæli translation: The new Mass corresponds to the theology of the 1960s. The ancient Mass, to a theology which has been eternal in the Catholic Church.]
Interview de L'abbé LAGUÉRIE au journal FOLHA DE S. PAULO par Marcelo (2007-07-15 09:19:35)

Who does not recall the arbitrary suppression of prayers and gestures, and the illegitimate introduction of new liturgical texts, actors, and places? . . . The initiative of Pope Benedict is . . . directed against the ideological and substantially revolutionary interpretation made of the [Second Vatican] Council by the Catholic theological and pastoral elites, which has slowly spread among the clergy and the parishes. . . . The temptation to consider the assembly as a sacrament, at the expense of the Trinitarian mystery of the faith at work in the liturgical action, is evident every Sunday.
— Pietro De Marco, The Medicine of Pope Benedict, in in Sandro Magister, Liturgy and Ecumenism: How to Apply Vatican Council II, www.chiesa, July 17, 2007

The recent apostolic letter of Pope Benedict XVI on widening the use of the liturgical books of 1962 is prompted by his desire to reach out to those Catholics in schism because of their non-acceptance of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
— Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, Statement from Bishop Trautman on Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter “Summorum Pontificum”

There should be an end to considering the second millennium of the Catholic Church’s life as an unfortunate parenthesis that the Vatican Council, or rather its spirit, removed at a single stroke.
— Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Sandro Magister, Liturgy and Ecumenism: How to Apply Vatican Council II, www.chiesa, July 17, 2007