Wednesday, June 5, 2013
PRACTICAL CATHOLICISM BY WAY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
Who knows what the future will bring in terms of the ongoing efforts of the "reform of the reform in continuity" of the Liturgy. This morning the Holy Father's Mass Wednesday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican Motel 6, with the presence of some members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and of the Vatican Apostolic Library. Among others, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Archbishop. Cesare Pasini and Msgr. Joseph Di Noia concelebrated.
Thus far, we hear nothing about reform in continuity but we do hear fidelity to Holy Mother Church and her Magisterium. We don't hear anything from Pope Francis concerning the Liturgy and its ongoing reform but we hear about the devil and his influence.
The Holy Father can't chant, distributes Holy Communion very rarely to the laity and the times he has done so it has been with them standing and by way of intinction. The deacons of the Mass, though, kneel to receive the Intincted Host from the Holy Father.
There hasn't been any noticeable change in the music of the Mass from the Vatican liturgies. But of course the vestments the Holy Father chooses to wear are not ornate or Roman or frilly. He is into "noble simplicity."
To date the Holy Father has kept the Benedictine altar arrangement but will not celebrate Mass ad orientem as far as I can tell.
But there is still the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican headed currently by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera. There had been rumors that the Ordinary Form Mass and the Extraordinary Form Mass would give way for a new Roman Missal that would be a wonderful mix of the old and new leaning more toward the EF in terms of ritual precision and perhaps the Order of the Mass. But who knows.
Time will tell.
I don't see Pope Francis involving himself in the Liturgy wars. He wants every Catholic, bishop, priests, deacon, religious and lay person to live their Catholic faith in the most practical ways. He want us to live sacramental lives. He was us to do good and avoid evil. He wants to exorcize the Church of the devil and his smoke. This is a different sort of "reform of the reform" in continuity and to be quite honest with you what needed to be done before the reform of the reform of the Liturgy, because if it had been done first, then the reform of the reform of the Liturgy would have been sent into high gear through the recovery of Catholic identity that Pope Francis is pushing on the most elementary and practical level.
Pope Francis "reform of the reform" has to do with people, then maybe he'll move onto the Liturgy. I can live with that!