lodging an objection

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Jul 12, 2007

We've already noted the dismay of Bishop Luca Brandolini over the Pope's motu proprio. But let's take a closer look:

• Bishop Brandolini is a former aide to, and proud disciple of, the late Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, a principal architect of the 1969 liturgical reforms. Brandolini now wears Bugnini's episcopal ring.

• Bishop Brandolini-- who would know-- charges that the motu proprio has undone Bugnini's work:

A reform for which many people worked, with great sacrifice and only inspired by the desire to renew the Church, has now been cancelled.

• But on the face of it that complaint is absurd, since the Novus Ordo liturgy will still be celebrated far more frequently than the old Mass. In what sense could one possibly say that the liturgical renewal has been "cancelled?"

• Pope Benedict made it clear, in issuing Summorum Pontificum, that his main goal was to underline the continuity of the Catholic liturgical tradition.

• If it was Bugnini's project to break away from the Catholic liturgical tradition, then one could begin to understand why the motu proprio undoes his work. And since the claim is otherwise incomprehensible,...

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  • Posted by: New Sister - Feb. 11, 2010 4:27 PM ET USA

    Brilliant!

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Feb. 11, 2010 8:44 AM ET USA

    thank you for my laugh of the day!

  • Posted by: Christopher_Johnson - Feb. 10, 2010 3:51 PM ET USA

    Unc, Unc, Unc. That's not how the ABC rolls. Confronted with a problem, Benedict studies the question and proposes a solution. On the other hand, Rowan Williams proposes a task force to formulate a process to determine what a workable solution might involve, sends the task force report out for provincial input, reworks the report to remove anything useful from it and only THEN begins the process of actually answering the question. With any kind of luck.

  • Posted by: sparch - Feb. 10, 2010 2:03 PM ET USA

    We could also throw in a player to be named later (after he retires from his Los Angeles diocese).

  • Posted by: - Feb. 10, 2010 1:09 PM ET USA

    I haven't seen leadership like that shown by Rowan Williams since Yaphet Kotto swallowed the air pellet in Live and Let Die.

  • Posted by: adamah - Feb. 10, 2010 12:25 PM ET USA

    Even if they were to refuse the deal I suggest giving them the LA cathedral as a gesture of good-will.....although it could be construed by some as a gesture of ill-will......