POPE FRANCIS MODELING IRREVERSIBLE VATICAN II LITURGICAL REFORM IN CONTINUITY
Again, it seems to me that the Holy Father can be understood as being concerned about the peripheries, the outcasts. While he may personally have nothing against, papal trappings, more ornate vestments, ad orientem, and Latin, he knows that those on the periphery can understand these things. He isn't as interested in making a statement to those in the fold as he is about finding those outside the fold, bringing them in. Thus, at this mass, in which everyone understands Latin (or at least understands the purpose of using Latin as the language of the Church), Pope Francis has no problem using it. Same with ad orientem. But he is not interested in waging liturgy wars at the possible cost of some lost sheep!
If he does not give some attention to the Liturgy, he may lose a lot of sheep already in the fold. Sort of a theological Aesop's dog on the bridge...
A Latin Requiem Mass, with some nice polyphony, so why the dreadful vernacular responsorial psalm? The Graduale Romanum gives no fewer than six options for the Gradual in a Novus Ordo Requiem.
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