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another piece of the puzzle? [updated]

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 23, 2007

If I were in the business of watching Vatican developments (which I am), and...

If I were particularly interested in developments regarding the liturgy (which I am), then...

I'd certainly be interested to hear about another pending appointment for someone who took a special interest in the liturgical tradition, and whose views on that topic had earned the Pope's praise.

And if that new appointment was to the Pontifical Council for Cultural Patrimony, I'd be especially interested, because only a few weeks have passed since the appointment of Abbot Michael John Zielinski, OSB, another man with a strong interest in traditional liturgy, to the same pontifical council. I'd be showing a newfound interest in that pontifical council-- which, ordinarily, is not exactly the most newsworthy office in Rome.

Which I am.

Update: Since apparently the news is out (see the comment by Romanita below), I guess I can be less cryptic.

The appointment of Father Uwe Michael Lang, following so soon after that of Abbot Zielinski, intrigues me. Is something going on with this pontifical council? Is it part of some larger plan? Will these two men soon be given other responsibilities? I have no inside information. But I can't help noticing that if you were putting together a Vatican bureau to supervise implementation of the motu proprio, these are the sort of men you'd appoint.

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  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2007 9:38 AM ET USA

    The previous vestment discussion reflects a problem with the terminology used in current discussions about the liturgy. What is often called "tradition" is in fact more accurately called "progressive", and what is seen as "progressive" is often the more traditional. As an example many of the vestment designs used today are far older (more traditional?) than those used one hundred years ago. This is not to start a debate about which is more appropriate, just to reflect on the terminology.

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2007 7:26 AM ET USA

    Why appear in roman vestments?Roman vestments are certainly part of our tradition but they are not as traditional as Gothic or conical vestments which are the vestments predating the 15th century.

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2007 5:14 AM ET USA

    It means PL knows that Fr Uwe Michael Lang of "Turning Towards the Lord" (foreward by the then Cardinal Ratzinger, now gloriously reigning as Pope Benedict XVI) is to join the PC4CP.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2007 7:52 PM ET USA

    The REAL message will come if the day dawns that Benedict XVI appears in Roman vestments preserved from the Cultural Patrimony of St. Peters' sacristy even for a Novus Ordo Mass. What could be more "relevant" than for him to celebrate Mass, eg, in the very same vestments that Pope of VCII, the Blessed John XXIII wore? Not holding my breath...

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2007 6:19 PM ET USA

    What on earth does this posting mean?

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