There is definitely a rigidity in progressive Catholic’s thinking as illustrated by Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich. This is what Cardinal Cupich says about Catholic unity as he quotes Pope Francis to support his thesis:
The guiding principle for receiving and implementing (Pope Francis’) Motu Proprio must be the unity of the Church and the recognition that the Second Vatican Council and its reforms are not only an authentic action of the Holy Spirit but also are in continuity with the Tradition of the Church. This recognition means the full acceptance that “the liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul Vi and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decree of the Second Vatican Council, are the unique expression of the Lex Orandi of the Roman Rite. Thus Pope Francis declares, “we can affirm with certainty and with magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.”
My comments: Where do I start. First, I believe, as the Church teaches, that the post Vatican II Mass and other liturgical rites are the “normal” lex orandi of the Church and are as valid as the pre-Vatican II liturgical rites or books. Let’s be clear about that.
Pope Benedict with his Motu Proprio made it clear that the older rite was not to be the “normal or ordinary rite of the Church, but extraordinary or outside the norm.” But Pope Benedict wanted the principle of the so-called irreversible Liturgical reforms to be one of continuity not rupture, one of unity not division between the pre-Vatican II Church and the Post Vatican II expression of the Church! Pope Benedict makes sense and has common sense as well as an intellectual superiority over the others voices claiming the opposite.
This is where I take exception of Cardinal Cupich and would like to call him out. Our unity as Catholics is not based on liturgical books! What the hell is he thinking? Our unity as Catholics is based upon Jesus Christ the invisible Head of the Church. The Pope is the visible head but must humbly place himself in second place before God!
All Catholics united under the Bishop of Rome are united not because of the so called “irreversible reformed liturgical books of Vatican II” but because of Jesus Christ, no matter the liturgical books that are used as long as these are valid.
Are Eastern Rite Catholics less united to Latin Rite Catholics because they have pre-Vatican II Liturgical Books of the East? What nonsense to even suggest that they aren’t because of their liturgical heritage!
Are Ordinariate Catholics less in union with the Church headed by the Pope because their liturgical books are different?
Once again, I ask the pope and the bishops in union with him to stop undermining their authority with stupid ideological statements about our unity being based on liturgical books—it is Jesus Christ pure and simple no matter the liturgical books used in the East and West.