SOMETHING WRITTEN BY POPE BENEDICT WHEN HE WAS A CARDINAL (IN 1994).
IT’S THE PREFACE TO A BOOK WITTEN ON THE “NEW LITURGY” AND IT’S PROBLEMS:YOU MAY ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH IT BUT AS NO ONE CAN READ EVERYTHING, I THOUGHT PERHAPS YOU MIGHT DEEM IT WORTH POSTING ON YOUR BLOG.
IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT BOMB DROPPED BY FRANCIS ON THE TRIDENTUNE MASS, I’VE BEEN POSTING THIS IN COMMENTS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. I’M SURE YOU’D REACH A MUCH WIDER AUDIENCE IF YOU FELT IT WORTH PASSING ON.
Cardinal J. Ratzinger – comments in the preface to the book: ‘The Reform of the Roman Liturgy’ written by Msgr Klaus Gamber.
In his preface to the French edition of Msgr. Gamber’s book, Cardinal Ratzinger has this to say re the post-conciliar renewal:
“What happened after the Council was something else entirely: in the place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries, and replaced it – as in a manufacturing process – with a fabrication, a banal on -the-spot product. Gamber, with the vigilance of a true prophet and the courage of a true witness, opposed this falsification, and, indefatigably taught us about the living fullness of a true liturgy”. What, then, does this true prophet have to say about a reform which is, in reality, a continued revolution? “The pastoral benefits that so many idealists had hoped the new liturgy would bring did not materialize. Our churches emptied in spite of the new liturgy (or because of it?), and the faithful continued to fall away from the Church in droves.” And again: “In the end, we will all have to recognize that the new liturgical forms, well intentioned as they may have been at the beginning, did not provide the people with bread, but with stones.”