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Friday, March 02, 2007

Vatican liturgist on possibile latin mass return

Very encouraging interview with Archbishop Malcom Ranjith the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship on the prospects for a 'universal indult' and a reform of the reform. It is refreshing to see the frankness with which he states that the Missal of 1970 was contrary to the will of the Council.

"The post-conciliar reform of the liturgy has not been able to achieve the expected goals of spiritual and missionary renewal in the Church so that today we could be truly happy about it. Undoubtedly there have been positive results too; but the negative effects seem to have been greater, causing much disorientation in our ranks. The churches have become empty, liturgical free-wheeling has become the order of the day, and the true meaning and significance of that which is celebrated has been obscured. One has to, then, begin wondering if the reform process had in fact been handled correctly. Thus, we need to take a good look at what had happened, pray and reflect about its causes and with the help of the Lord move on to make the necessary corrections."