Do. Not. Miss. This speech by Cardinal Sarah

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 31, 2017

If you have time to read just one article over the weekend, here’s what it should be:

Cardinal Sarah’s Address on 10th Anniversary of “Summorum Pontificum”

Catholic World Report has done a great service by posting this address in its entirety, in an excellent English translation. And Cardinal Sarah has done a great service—again—by explaining how the degradation of the liturgy has led to a crisis in the Catholic faith.

This is a courageous and powerful speech. Cardinal Sarah must know that he is swimming against the prevailing tide, but he is not deterred. But he is looking to the longer term, and saying: “When you people are absent from the holy Liturgy, we must ask ourselves: Why?”

Our CWN headline story on the cardinal’s address quotes a few of the more provocative passages. But to appreciate the force of the cardinal’s message, you need to read the whole thing.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Apr. 01, 2017 6:06 PM ET USA

    What is also important is the history. Who were the innovators? Do we know their intentions? “We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Prostestants.”- Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, L'Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965. By the way, Fr. Bugnini was extremely influential in Vat II's work on the liturgy. The history does speak. So, too, does this crisis.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 01, 2017 2:25 AM ET USA

    Powerful, insightful speech that hits every issue relevant to the Mass today. Cardinal Sarah puts his finger on the primary malady that has afflicted the Church since the "spirit of Vatican II" raised its evil head: destruction of the liturgy by profanation, superficiality, man-centeredness, illicit innovation, corruption of sacred postures, loss of the sense of habitual grace increased by participation to the extent possible of man inside of the ontological Trinity--the essence of the Godhead.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 31, 2017 5:55 PM ET USA

    This is a milestone, brilliant and unflinching. It goes to the heart of what has been ailing the Church.