Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt has a great commentary at Praytell and so far has allowed a variety of comments to be posted. Both the article and a goodly number of the comments (from many who have said the same progressive thing over and over again, thinking repeating it over and over again will make it true and worthy of future reforms of the reformed Mass) are good or status quo or want more silly reforms of the reformed, reformed Mass.
But let me briefly state what I feel needs to be admitted as mistakes. But read the good Deacon’s commentary at the end of my post by pressing the title. And read the comments too.
First of all, there is a very recent liturgical mistake that needs to be admitted and reversed asap and that is Custodius Traditionis. All that the Holy Father needed to do was to mandate bishops to implement Summorum Pontificum and to supervise its implementation and be pastorally solicitous of those parishes that have this form of the Mass. That’s all that was needed. And if priests were imposing Summorum Pontificum on people who did not want it, meaning only EF Masses in a normally OF parish, then discipline them! And if newly ordained priests were imposing this Mass on people who attended their first Mass, then stop them from doing it. First Masses, in my most humble opinion, should be celebrated in the priest’s home parish and in the normative way as celebrated there but certainly without liturgical abuses. I think first Masses should be the normative Mass.
Secondly, there need not be an apology for Sacramentum Concilium, but for the way in which Pope Paul VI’s committee went way beyond it and did not follow it or its spirit.
However, the most recent reform of the reformed 1970 Roman Missal is the normal lex orandi of the Church. The mistake that has to be admitted is that most priests and bishops who celebrate this Mass don’t follow its simplified rubrics; they ad lib; they make their personality the center of it as well as their particular spirituality. It becomes a sort of acting job performance.
Without changing anything in the order or current words of the English edition of the Roman Missal, simply change two postures and say the previous ones were a mistake. The liturgy of the Eucharist’s norm should be ad orientem and kneeling for Holy Communion the norm. A third addition would be to mandate celebrants to read the black and do the red and stop giving commentaries and welcomes at the introductory rite and after Holy Communion.
What Pope Francis needs to admit is that he is wrong and made a scandalous mistake about EF Catholics just as he admitted at the beginning of his papacy that as an archbishop in South America, he was wrong about the charismatics. This pope has been and is wrong about many things. It takes humility to admit that.
In 2014, the Jesuit magazine America reported that Cardinal Bergoglio had admitted he was wrong about charismatic Catholics and then began to minister to them and celebrate Masses for them. He can do it again as it concerns EF Catholics. Here is the quote from a longer article:
Pope Francis is the first pope who has had first-hand experience with the Charismatic Renewal. His predecessors were open and supportive to the movement, but Pope Francis was actively involved with Catholic charismatics in Argentina by celebrating Mass for them and serving as the representative of the bishops of his country to the movement. He admits that his first impressions were not very positive; he thought they were like a “Samba school.”