Friday, September 20, 2013

Vetus Ordo

"Vetus Ordo" is an interesting term for the extraordinary form of the Mass from the interview with the Pope. If you have only read the press, try reading the interview itself. If you have had doubts about this man, this interview will go a long way to convincing you of his sincerity, humility, and intelligence. When he declares that he is "not a right winger," for example, he means in a Latin American political sense of being an authoritarian leader. That's one of many points you discover from the original. In fact, I find nothing startling in this interview and plenty of wonderfully insightful comments.

Particularly interesting for this blog are his unexceptional comments on the old form of the Roman Rite. He finds its liberalization to be a prudent decision that was motivated by a desire to help, but cautions against its exploitation presumably for political purposes. I find nothing with which Benedict XVI couldn't agree:

Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture... Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity, but one thing is clear: the dynamic of reading the Gospel, actualizing its message for today—which was typical of Vatican II—is absolutely irreversible. Then there are particular issues, like the liturgy according to the Vetus Ordo. I think the decision of Pope Benedict [his decision of July 7, 2007, to allow a wider use of the Tridentine Mass] was prudent and motivated by the desire to help people who have this sensitivity. What is worrying, though, is the risk of the ideologization of the Vetus Ordo, its exploitation.

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