IT'S RUFF TAKING THE BITTER PILL, I AM THE ONE GAGGING THOUGH!
Not yet on Praytell but on Great Britain's version of the National Chismatic Reporter aka NCR, the bitter pill also known as The Tablet. My comments embedded in the text in red but let me opine that Fr. A.'s snarkiness about Cardinal Sarah reminds me of Cardinal Kasper's racist remark caught on tape about what can the Africans teach us. Growing up in the south I can see racism when I hear it and German arrogance to say the least!
ODD TEXT FROM CARDINAL SARAH IS OFTEN PRAISEWORTHY, SOMETIMES QUESTIONABLE, UNFORTUNATE AND DOWNRIGHT MISTAKEN
"This is an interesting, rather odd talk by Cardinal Sarah. It is at times praiseworthy, at times questionable, and at times unfortunate and downright mistaken.
It is good to see the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship affirm with strong language the Liturgical Movement and the Second Vatican Council. His desire for “unity and peace” regarding liturgy, and his statement that “Catholics ought to experience unity in the truth, in faith, and in love” is inspirational.
But Cardinal Sarah attaches excessive weight to Summorum Pontificum as if it is the fulfillment of Vatican II, when it is contrary to the intent and clear directives of the Vatican II liturgy constitution. His claim that Vatican II did not abandon the Missal of Pius V is simply mistaken.( My comment: who says Vatican II abandoned in a formal way the Missal of Pius V???? Such an arrogant, unsubstantiated statement. I'd like for him to find in the Vatican II documents the quote. He can't because it isn't there. Some might say that in 1970 Pope Paul abandoned it, but not entirely as anyone with an ounce of knowledge knows that he allowed it for older priests and then for England later!!!!!! Of course Pope Saint John Paul II further allowed it and of course Pope Benedict liberalized it and Pope Francis allows it and is about to make regular the SSPX who celebrates it exclusively! Such blind arrogance on the part of Fr. A! Also, please note the excellent first comment in the comment section.)
His interpretation of Vatican II in general is questionable, for it emphasises only continuity (which of course is there) and underemphasises how much rupture is involved in the liturgy constitution’s paradigm shift.
It’s unfortunate that Cardinal Sarah is so unrelentingly negative about the liturgical reform. It seems that in his mind the reformers have brought only “disaster, devastation, schism, destruction, self-destruction, liturgy wars, and superficial, devastating subjectivism.” (My comment: Cardinal Sarah does not have his head buried in the sand as does Fr. A!)
It would be good if he could study the reforms more deeply and understand, for example, what “mystery” means in Catholic theology, or how “sacrifice” and “meal” are not opposed to each other in some sort of zero-sum game. (My comment: Academic elites like Fr. A thinks he is (and Pope Francis disdains them as we all know), always look down their noses when it comes to someone who knows so much better than they do and then ridicules their lack of studies--how silly and embarrassing for Fr. A.)
And this is odd: Cardinal Sarah strongly supports Liturgiam Authenticam and the botched new English Missal. That’s a risky move when his boss seems to be going in another direction."
Fr Anthony Ruff is a Benedictine monk and liturgical expert based at St John's School of Theology, Collegeville, in Minnesota, US. He moderates the Pray Tell blog