Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Reform of the Reform

Reported reliably:

The rite of the Mass [Rorate: i.e. the Mass of Paul VI] could change. According to some indiscretions, Benedict XVI has charged the Congregation for Divine Worship to study some modifications in the liturgy. In particular, the Pope is said to have the intention to restore Latin for the formula for the Eucharistic consecration within the Mass in the "vernacular language", i.e. the one celebrated in the different national languages. The same could happen to the formulae of Baptism, Confirmation, Confession and of the other sacraments. In addition, the exchange of peace among the faithful during the Mass, which today takes place prior to the distribution of the Eucharist, could be anticipated (as in the Ambrosian rite) to the offertory so as not to disturb the recollection that precedes Communion.

Heads will explode.

HT: Rorate


Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Bishops here in the US will go nuts that aren't on board with the program.

Aquinas said...

So, we'll have more than a few exploding bishops' heads, since the majority seem not to be "on board with the program." Think of this as a blessing. Messy, but a blessing.

GOR said...

Yes, I can see it now. Some bishops will institute classes for priests to be able to pronounce "Hoc est enim..." (there will be a test...)

Others will toy with changing pro multis to pro omnibus in the interests of inclusiveness (and assuming they know that much Latin!).

And Bp. Trautman will throw up his hands in despair that "John and Mary Catholic" will be lost, lost I tell you, in the ensuing melee.