Friday, September 14, 2007

Motu proprio day
IFT high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore
his sacred Name.
The realistic best-case scenario for this Mass (the Pope enforces the motu: the bishops’ interference is shot down):
  • But the current rule (which is changeable) says the service books from 1962 (not just for the Mass but the office and the ritual for sacraments other than the Eucharist) have to be in it.
  • Most Roman Catholics don’t want to go back to Latin. They at least put up with it when they thought they had to, and many back then liked it — they had the education or at least because it was different and a badge of identity, yes, ‘community’. Next to no-one was agitating to change it. But that horse ran out of the barn decades ago.
  • So as long as the 1962 services have to be in Latin, as wonderful and better (objective and Godward) than the current ones as they may be, they will be self-limiting. Most RCs won’t give them a chance.
  • These services will become the usage of a robust minority. Possibly an example/leaven for the ‘reform of the reform’ (high-church Novus Ordo) people, but a minority.

Photo from Rorate Cæli

We’ll see.

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