Thursday, March 8, 2018
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT POPE FRANCIS ACTUALLY AGREES WITH CARDINAL SARAH ON LITURGICAL RENEWAL????
Keep in mind Pope Francis has celebrated Mass ad orientem and given Holy Communion on the tongue by way of intinction to kneeling deacons.
The biggest bombshell, though, is that Pope Francis approved the Ordinariate's Liturgy which is a marvelous blend of The OF and EF liturgies with Anglican aspects, but explicitly allows for ad Orientem and kneeling for Holy Communion! It's calendar has EF elements too.
Thus this comment at another blog concerning Cardinal Sarah's oil and water relationship with Pope Francis is quite interesting to say the least:
Despite all suggestions to the contrary, I don’t get the sense that Cardinal Sarah is truly at odds with the liturgical vision of Pope Francis, at least to the degree that is often implied. Liturgy obviously isn’t as much of a pet project to Francis as his predecessor Benedict, but his retention of the very traditional papal MCs he inherited from Benedict, his appointment of more traditionalists to CDWDS (minus some EF activists), his lack of rebuke to Sarah’s recent statements on communion, and the other oddities the author points out, suggests he is maybe more privy to Sarah’s vision for the liturgy and Benedict’s “new liturgical movement” than we may have been led to believe. Let’s also not forget that Francis himself appointed Sarah to lead CDWDS, and if he truly couldn’t stand him he would’ve sacked him by now, the same way he did Cardinal Burke. It’s certainly possible the Pontiff played some “Game of Thrones” tactics when hiring Sarah, either to win loyalty from traditionalists or to settle some undisclosed debt with him. But that Sarah’s still here, despite the controversy he sometimes causes, tells me Francis finds him helpful in advancing liturgical renewal in the Church.