Christ Acts through the Liturgy: Why the Fight for the Mass Still Matters by Mark Riddle.
It has been almost six years since Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Despite deficiencies in the text (two forms of one rite, for example),
the point of this motu proprio – that the Traditional Latin Mass had
never been abrogated – sent shockwaves through the entire Catholic
Traditional Catholics had argued for decades that the traditional
Mass had never been abrogated; in return they were met with scorn,
ridicule, and accusations of disobedience from the corners of the
“conservative” Catholic world, ever eager to be in the right. Thus,
despite the noted deficiencies in the text, Summorum Pontificum
was, and remains to this day, an incredibly controversial text. This is
not because of the juridical questions directly, but because of the
clear statement that the ancient liturgical rite of Rome, which had
formed countless saints, and which the reformers sought to kill, had
never been abrogated.
Fast forward over five years to March 13, 2013. Benedict XVI, having
announced his abdication in early February, had renounced the burden of
that office, leading to the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio,
who would take the name Francis. In the uncertainty that followed, the
question of the liturgy returned increasingly to the fore of Catholic
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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