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Cardinal Ranjith underlines urgency of 'reform of the reform'

Catholic World News - December 28, 2011

The time is ripe “to be courageous in working for a true reform of the reform and also a return to the true liturgy of the Church,” according to the former secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship. In a message to participants in a convention sponsored by Una Voce International, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith—the current Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka—praised the group’s efforts to “promote the cause of the restoration of the true liturgical traditions of the Church.”

Stressing that liturgy should help the believer to “rise above what is human to what is divine,” the cardinal wrote that the Extraordinary Form of Latin liturgy, the “Vetus Ordo,” performs that function admirably. He said: “Hence the time has come for us to not only renew through radical changes the content of the new Liturgy, but also to encourage more and more a return of the Vetus Ordo, as a way for a true renewal of the Church.”

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Dec. 28, 2011 8:51 PM ET USA

    Wow. Some have been applauding Pope Benedict for the "radical" reforms he has implemented for quite a while. The cardinal is also using terms like "radical", "restoration of the true liturgical traditions" (interesting way of putting it), and "more and more a return to the Vetus Ordo." It would seem that the liturgy and specific liturgical practices are perhaps quite a bit more important that might previously have been realized. And it seems that this "true renewal" involves some urgency.

  • Posted by: ColmCille - Dec. 28, 2011 7:02 PM ET USA

    I hope Archbishop Ranjith will be our next pope! It is past time that the liturgy be treated with the great importance it deserves. It is perhaps the most important thing of all, since how we pray is how we believe. If the liturgy were celebrated properly, faith and holiness would increase, giving us the solution to most of our problems.

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