Saturday, October 9, 2021


The new Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship gave a talk to a bunch of academics about the reformed/revised and controversial new Roman Missal which is not Vatican II’s Missal but the Missal of a Committee of Pope Paul VI. It revised the 1962 Roman Missal with a particular  “new liturgical movement” ideology created in the first part of the 20th century, an ideology often challenged by equally faithful other ideologues. 

You can read the Prefect’s speech there:

The study of the liturgy as an ecclesial service  for a renewed spirituality

Editor’s note: This inaugural address at the beginning of the academic year was delivered by Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on October 4, 2021 at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, an influential center of liturgical scholarship and renewal. It is reprinted in English at Pray Tell with the prefect’s permission.

My comments: I would expect better from a soon-to-be Cardinal who is the Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship. What is implied in his promotion of the post Vatican II manufactured liturgy is that it is superior to the one that preceded it but without saying exactly what is superior and certainly not calling out how it is deformed by those who implement it in parishes usually as the behest of so-called liturgists. 

It says it is the richest missal in Church history—silly hyperbole. Yes, it has more prefaces, more Eucharistic Prayers and more options and more Masses—is that what makes it the richest in history? Okay, he has a point.

I agree that the new lectionary is richer but there is a case to be made for the older one and certainly the older one could have been maintained as the first cycle of three others and the three others could have had more continuity with it. 

Why is he and evidently the pope so concerned about the small number of priests and laity who prefer the older Roman Missal? Why are they swatting gnats and missing the bigger horseflies?  Why is there no concern for the ridiculous examples of the reformed Mass which destroy reverence, awe and wonder in favor of a banal horizontal exhibitionist celebration of the new Mass? 

And this is the most important question which is completely ignored by the progressive branch of the Church dictatorially in control of running the Church in the Vatican. Why are there only 5% to 8% of Catholics who attend Mass in Europe with a slightly higher number in the USA? If the new Mass is so attractive and participative and understandable, if it is so rich, why are there so few attracted to it and engaged by it, the majority of Catholics rejecting it along with the Church?

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