Sunday, February 23, 2014

More On The Holy Father And The TLM

Consider these comments from Bishop Rifan in Sao Paulo.

During the sermon, bishop Rifan told us about his last visit to the Holy Father and that the pope thinks that the Traditional Latin Mass is a treasure to the Church and that his only fear is that the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form could be “instrumentalized”, and bishop Rifan answered His Holiness that he is doing everything that he could to ensure that this is not going to happen and to promote the Extraordinary Form as a treasure for the entire universal Church, to which he humbly belongs. At the end of the Mass the Te Deum was sung by all those present.

So we got that going for us. Ultimately, I go back to something we've said before. Contrary to the prevailing paranoia about the Pope and the liturgy and the FFI and so forth, I don't think he's hostile at all to the TLM. I think he's just not that interested in the liturgy and has people around him who encourage that.

Granted, some of those guys are probably hostile...

3 comments:

Mark of the Vineyard said...

ANY liturgy can be instrumentalized. If the Pope thinks the TLM is the only one with that weakness, then he's pretty naive.

Throwback said...

Oh, absolutely. The problem in many cases is that the liturgy isn't taken seriously enough for people to instrumentalize.

Unless, of course, you're talking about depriving people of their ability to deform the liturgy. There seem to be fewer things that people will fight harder for.

Throwback said...

Oh, absolutely. The problem in many cases is that the liturgy isn't taken seriously enough for people to instrumentalize.

Unless, of course, you're talking about depriving people of their ability to deform the liturgy. There seem to be fewer things that people will fight harder for.