Sunday, December 2, 2012
FINALLY AND ASTONISHINGLY, COMMON SENSE AND ORTHODOXY AT PRAYTELL!
FATHER ANTHONY RUFF OF PRAYTELL, AKA, PRAYWHINE, LAMENTS DISRESPECT SHOWN TO THE HOLY FATHER AND HIS TEACHING AUTHORITY--SURELY THE WORLD WILL END ON MY BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR, DECEMBER 21ST!
This is a follow-up to Fr. Anthony's negative appraisal of how well the new translation of the Mass into English has been received, implemented exactly a year ago today and gloriously so! More than 70% in the Church give it high ratings, but I digress:
This is what Father Anthony has to say on his own blog, Praytell:
...It’s astonishing ... to claim that the Pope erred in declaring that the 1969 missal is according to the decrees of the Second Vatican Council! This is amazing disrespect toward Pope Paul VI and his teaching authority!..."
And continuing his response to a commenter who calls into question, kind of, Pope Paul VI's authority in promulgating the Vatican II Missal of 1970, Fr. Anthony writes,
"...Here’s what my sacramentary says:
“Revised by decree of the Second Vatican Council and published by authority of Pope Paul VI.”
That sure sounds like the “Vatican II Mass” to me. The Pope thought (and I gather that you disagree with him) that all the successive missals after 1963 were successive implementations of Vatican II. The pope thought (and I gather that you disagree with him) that the missals between 1963 and 1969 were partial implementation in need of more revision, and that 1969 completed the decrees of the Second Vatican Council.
I will continue to call the 1969 missal the “Vatican II” missal. These, then, are my reasons – I believe I’m following the Pope on this.
You acknowledge it’s “valid and licit,” but that’s not quite the issue here. The Pope did more than claim it’s valid and licit – he claimed it was according to the decrees of the Second Vatican Council."
My comment to this wonderful development made explicit by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB is the following:
"I’m glad to see here [AT PRAYTELL] that some are trying to following the Supreme Pontiff on things liturgical, whether it regards the Vatican II Missal recently revised as well as the post-Vatican II permission for the 1962 missal revised by Blessed John XXIII. We should all be respectful of the Supreme Pontiff’s authority to regulate the liturgical life of the Church including Summorum Pontificum and the excerpts I cite below:
“…In more recent times, Vatican Council II expressed a desire that the respectful reverence due to divine worship should be renewed and adapted to the needs of our time. Moved by this desire our predecessor, the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, approved, in 1970, reformed and partly renewed liturgical books for the Latin Church. These, translated into the various languages of the world, were willingly accepted by bishops, priests and faithful. John Paul II amended the third typical edition of the Roman Missal. Thus Roman pontiffs have operated to ensure that ‘this kind of liturgical edifice … should again appear resplendent for its dignity and harmony.’ (4)
…Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the ‘Lex orandi’ (Law of prayer) of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite. Nonetheless, the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and reissued by Bl. John XXIII is to be considered as an extraordinary expression of that same ‘Lex orandi,’ and must be given due honour for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church’s Lex orandi will in no any way lead to a division in the Church’s ‘Lex credendi’ (Law of belief). They are, in fact two usages of the one Roman rite…
It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Liturgy of the Church…”
As the old saying goes, “‘Roma locuta est, causa finita est’ –,” “Rome has spoken, case closed.”"