Thursday, September 14, 2017
HASN'T THE ORDINARIATE'S "DIVINE WORSHIP: THE MISSAL" SHOWN AN IMPLEMENTATION BY STEALTH OF POPE FRANCIS MOST RECENT MOTU PROPRIO--MAGNUM PRINCIPIUM?
ON THIS SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY CROSS, LET US ADORE THE MOST HOLY CROSS BY CELEBRATING CORRECTLY THE MOST HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS. MAY BISHOPS LOCAL AND CONFERENCES MAKE AVAILABLE THE POSSIBLE TREASURY OF THE MASS UNDER ITS VARIOUS FORMS--UNITY IN PLURALISM! THANK GOD FOR MAGNUM PRINCIPIUM!
It seems to me that those who constructed the new Ordinariate's Missal, Divine Worship, already used the principles highlighted in Pope Francis recent motu proprio--Magnum Principium. You might ask, how?
1. There is a different dialect of English used and there doesn't seem to be as strict of a word for word translation of the Latin parts into this old dialect of English. So in effect, the Ordinary Form Missal now has two versions of English. Could we see different versions of English proliferate in the USA?
2. More authority is returned not just to Bishops' Conferences, but also to local bishops. It seems to me if Divine Worship can include not only Anglican Patrimony into this Catholic Roman Missal as well as the EF patrimony, why in the name of God can't the American Bishops create an index for the following?:
1. Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
2. Rubrics for the genuflections in the Eucharistic prayer recovered as in Divine Worship
3. The ancient offertory prayers
4. The Requiem Form of the Agnus Dei for Funerals
5. The thrice said "Lord, I am not worthy"
6. The Last Gospel
7. The EF format for the printing of the Missal to include all the propers as well as the option of the Gradual and Tract
And certainly local bishops could delegate to local parishes thourgh their pastors and pastoral councils the option of Ad Orientem as well as kneeling for Holy Communion at an altar railing and the distribution of Holy Communion under both Forms by way of intinction.
And can't a local bishop mandate that the Mass parts of the laity be chanted in Latin and not the vernacular, such as the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei to untie the diocese and the various language groups present there??????
None of this exquisite diversity should be seen as divisiveness in a particular diocese but as subsidiarity put into action, unity in pluralism and renewal in continuity with our liturgical heritage.
Who needs Rome to approve what I have written? It can be done on the Diocesan level and in most instances on the parochial level with pastors resolving issues in their own parishes.