Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cardinal Brandmüller: The Form of the Post-Conciliar Liturgy is not Attributable to the Second Vatican Council

Many of you will likely have already seen this but I think its important to mention for the sake of those who have not as yet come across it.

Rorate Caeli have translated an excerpt from an interview published yesterday in Vatican Insider by Walter Cardinal Brandmüller. In the course of that interview he commented accordingly on the subject of the post-conciliar liturgy and liturgical experience when asked about the fruits of the Second Vatican Council:

I must emphasise that the form of the post-conciliar liturgy with all its distortions, is not attributable to the Council or to the Liturgy Constitution established during Vatican II which by the way has not really been implemented even to this day. The indiscriminate removal of Latin and Gregorian Chants from liturgical celebrations and the erection of numerous altars were absolutely not acts prescribed by the Council.

With the benefit of hindsight, let us cast our minds back in particular to the lack of sensitivity shown in terms of care for the faithful and in the pastoral carelessness shown in the liturgical form. One need only think of the Church’s excesses, reminiscent of the [Iconoclastic crisis] which occurred in the [8th] century. Excesses which catapulted numerous faithful into total chaos, leaving many fumbling around in the dark.

Just about anything and everything has been said on this subject. Meanwhile, the liturgy has come to be seen as a mirror image of Church life, subject to an organic historical evolution which cannot - as did indeed happen - suddenly be changed by decree par ordre de mufti. And we are still paying the price today.