The Holy Father's divisive preferences:
A young child receives our Lord in Holy Communion and in the hand, how precious.
A wedding, how lovely! Holy Communion in the hand is allowed!
YIKES, Did his bishop give permission for inter-communion?
As you can imagine, ever since Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on the celebration of the 1962 Roman Missal, there has been an out cry from the progressive camp of the Church over this "turning of the clock back." Of course, these same progressives advocate for all kinds of other diversity in the celebration of the Mass, all the way to clowns, secular music and trendy multiculturalism.
When they see Pope Benedict distributing Holy Communion by way of intinction to communicants kneeling and receiving the Sacred Host on the tongue, they declare foul and lurch in horror at this "divisive" act on the part of the Holy Father.
But are pluralism and diversity in the Church and her liturgy that horrible and divisive? I think I am progressive enough to say "no" "authentic pluralism" is not. At the same time, I realize that following the Lord Jesus, even in the Church, as our Church teaches and enunciates in canon law and liturgical law, which gives a great deal of flexibility to priests, could cause division. Jesus said following him would. "Do you think I have come to bring peace, no, I have come to bring division!" (My paraphrase, you look up the actual words and larger context).
But now for my modest proposal concerning the Reform of the Reform:
1. The 1962 Roman Missal, keep it as the Holy Father as legislated, recognizing that it is the Holy Father's outreach to schismatic traditionalists to show them that there was no real rupture in the Church if one truly accepts the Documents of the Second Vatican Council
2. Keep the 2002 Edition of the Roman Missal and get us an English translation of it as soon as possible (looks like Advent 2011 but who knows?)
3. In the 2002 Edition of the Roman Missal, allow for an "optional" order of Mass using the 1962 Order and rubrics continuing to call it "extraordinary". Again this would be optional and along side the Revised Order of Mass continuing to be called "ordinary" going back to the 1970 revised Roman Missal.
4. Now, I get really liberal and radical, allow the 1962 Roman Missal Order of Mass and rubrics in the "new" 2002 Roman Missal to be translated into English as an option, just as it is an option for the 1970 Order of Mass. As well, make sure that when using the 2002 Roman Missal with the "1962 Order of Mass and rubrics" that the Liturgy of the Word be the Revised Lectionary always and that when using the 1962 Order of Mass, only the Roman Canon be prayed with its 1962 rubrics.
5. Why allow the "Order of the 1962 Roman Missal Mass and Rubrics" as an option in the 2002 Roman Missal?
A. You can still use the Revised Roman Calendar for any day of the liturgical year.
B. You can still use all the revised Opening Collects, Prayers over the Gifts, and Prayers after Holy Communion, in addition to all the added prefaces but with the 1962 Order of Mass and rubrics. In other words, each Sunday if a Mass is celebrated with the Revised Order at 9:30 AM and with the 1962 Order at 12:10 PM, the Mass texts, including the lectionary would be the same for both, either in Latin or English.
C. Of course, the choice of Ad Orientem or Ad Populum should be allowed explicitly. Kneeling for Holy Communion would not be viewed as heretical, divisive or out of order, the same for standing. The same would hold true for "intinction" but by the Minister, not self-intinction.
Your thoughts? Of course I realize that I'm just dreaming?