11th Anniversary of Summorum pontificum tomorrow (First Saturday) 7 July 2018

Last year was the 10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Tomorrow, 7 July, 2018 (First Saturday) would, therefore, be the 11th anniversary. Impressed with my perspicacity? Perhaps not. Anyways, from National Catholic Register a year ago:

Once Sacred, Always Sacred

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI decreed that the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite was to be officially available to all the Church’s faithful alongside the new liturgy of Blessed Pope Paul VI.

Pope St. John Paul II had allowed the traditional Latin Mass to be celebrated with limitations, but with his motu proprio (papal edict) Summorum Pontificum, Benedict removed the remaining restrictions. He stressed the old rite had never been abrogated but was henceforth to be known as the “extraordinary form” of the Roman Rite, and the new Mass introduced by Paul VI would be known as the "ordinary form.”...

At the time, Cardinal Robert Sarah gave an address to the colloquium "The Source of the Future," held on March 29 to April 1, 2017 at Herzogenrath, near Aachen (Germany). Catholic World Report published the entire text of his comments, a couple of samples follow (emphases are mine):

...In his Letter to the Bishops that accompanied the Motu proprio, Pope Benedict XVI clearly explained that the purpose for his decision to have the two missals coexist was ... to allow for the mutual enrichment of the two forms of the same Roman rite ... not only their peaceful coexistence but also the possibility of perfecting them by emphasizing the best features that characterize them. He wrote in particular that “the two Forms of the usage of the Roman rite can be mutually enriching: new Saints and some of the new Prefaces can and should be inserted in the old Missal….  The celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI (the "1962 Missal"– TC) will be able to demonstrate, more powerfully than has been the case hitherto, the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage.” ... In parishes where it has been possible to implement the Motu proprio, pastors testify to the greater fervor both in the faithful and in the priests...

Now it is enough to pick up the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy again and to read it honestly, without betraying its meaning, to see that the true purpose of the Second Vatican Council was not to start a reform that could become the occasion for a break with Tradition, but quite the contrary, to rediscover and to confirm Tradition in its deepest meaning. In fact, what is called “the reform of the reform”, which perhaps ought to be called more precisely “the mutual enrichment of the rites”, to use an expression from the Magisterium of Benedict XVI, is a primarily spiritual necessity. And it quite obviously concerns the two forms of the Roman rite. The particular care that should be brought to the liturgy, the urgency of holding it in high esteem and working for its beauty, its sacral character and keeping the right balance between fidelity to Tradition and legitimate development, and therefore rejecting absolutely and radically any hermeneutic of discontinuity or rupture: these essential elements are the heart of all authentic Christian liturgy. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger tirelessly repeated that the crisis that has shaken the Church for fifty years, chiefly since Vatican Council II, is connected with the crisis of the liturgy, and therefore to the lack of respect, the desacralization and the leveling of the essential elements of divine worship. “I am convinced,” he writes, “that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy.”...

The NCR article is short and easy, a nice, quick review. Cardinal Sarah's comments are long, and more challenging, but clear, unambiguous and certainly intelligible to anyone who takes the time to digest them.

Valete.

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