Saturday, October 06, 2007

Two Initiatives the Reform of the Reform could use

Our recent discussions about the reform of the reform, particularly in the light of the post-MP world that is now upon us, made me realize that there are a few projects that would be possibly quite efficacious for the reform of the reform to undertake.

Evidently the classical Roman liturgy is now advancing in leaps and bounds. Far from being the time for the reform of the reform to "shrink away", this is the time for it to likewise pick up speed and make itself more visible as well.

A few things would be helpful, and while I would be delighted to pursue them, I simply do not have the time to do so -- much to my dismay. I need to be able to take extended, uninterrupted periods of time, seated in the nearby Catholic theological library, should I do such. Sadly, this is time I presently do not have, and I already owe some people some further book reviews which I hope to accomplish in the next few weeks. I digress.

First, it would be useful if a history of the reform of the reform were to be researched and written; one which would explain both its history (such as those who helped found it; important ecclesial documents related to it, etc.) and the history and survey of the thought found within the movement. As we saw here, there can be much confusion about that, and some (including some attached to the ancient use) are not at all familiar with the presence of deeper critiques and proposals that go beyond the simple, albeit important, question of the ethos of the liturgy. The development of such might help promote a greater understanding, not only of the issues surrounding the liturgical reform, but between those who operate in the classical and reform movements.

Second, it is quite easy to find out what parishes are offering the classical liturgy, where and by who. Further, one can usually find various pictures of these liturgical events. This, amongst other things, helps give that movement a strong sense of identity, direction and progress. It also helps them be encouraged. There is nothing of any equivalence that speaks to parishes offering a reform of the reform liturgy (like Toronto or London Oratory for example), but it would be very useful if there were for precisely the same reasons.

Such a site could also help provide pastors with knowledge of printed and online resources for re-enchanting their parsh liturgies and forming their faithful.

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