Monday, July 11, 2016
WHAT ABOUT POPE BENEDICT'S COMPROMISE ON AD ORIENTEM, USING THE CRUCIFIX AS THE AD ORIENTEM POINT OF REFERENCE
Thus Pope Benedict's marvelous compromise on celebrating the Mass toward the symbolic east was captured by exactly what he restored to the altars where he celebrated Mass facing the congregation, the crucifix was restored to its central location facing the celebrant. This has become known as the Benedictine altar arrangement.
And yes, Pope Francis has maintained this tradition of our Emeritus Holy Father--no contradiction here.
So rather than yank altars around in a Church today where there is clearly a divisiveness about ad orientem and a desire to squash the form of it with the priest and people facing the same direction, we should once again look to Pope Benedict's compromise which prevents yanking things around but simply places the crucifix dead center as the point of reference for the ad orientem celebration of the Mass.