Tuesday, June 5, 2012
WHAT WAS CARDINAL RATZINGER'S OPINION ON THE REFORM OF THE REFORM AND THE LECTIONARY AND HOW IT IS READ?
From Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (The Spirit of the Liturgy, 81-82)
“For the Liturgy of the Word is about speaking and responding, and so a face-to-face exchange between proclaimer and hearer makes sense. [...] On the other hand, a common turning to the east during the EP remains essential. [...]
“Haussling has leveled several objections at these ideas of mine. [...] These ideas are alleged to be a romanticism for the old ways, a misguided longing for the past. It is said to be odd that I should speak only of Christian antiquity and pass over the succeeding centuries. Coming as it does from a liturgical scholar, this objection is quite remarkable. As I see it, the problem with a large part of modern liturgiology is that it tends to recognize only antiquity as a source, and therefore normative, and to regard everything developed later, in the Middle Ages and through the Council of Trent, as decadent.
“And so one ends up with dubious reconstructions of the most ancient practice, fluctuating criteria, and never-ending suggestions for reform, which lead ultimately to the disintegration of the liturgy that has evolved in a living way. On the other hand, it is important and necessary to see that we cannot take as our norm the ancient in itself and as such, nor must we automatically write off later developments as alien to the original form of the liturgy. There can be a thoroughly living kind of development in which a seed at the origin of something ripens and bears fruit.”