Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pope Benedict on Youth and the Extraordinary Form

Older offertory prayers in use, maybe?
On the sidebar of the article from Miami, I found this, accompanying an explanation of the TLM. It is a quote from a translation of Summorum Pontificum. I say "a translation" because it has not been officially released in English, which hinders the faithful's ability to ask for Mass in the traditional form. Neither priests-not trained enough in Latin- nor people -not required to know Latin very well- have an accessible resource, and it allows certain  priests to deny the traditional liturgy to those who ask for it. But I digress, majorly so.

Holy Father Benedict has this to say:
“Immediately following the Second Vatican Council, it might have been imagined that the demand for the use of the 1962 Missal would have been limited to older generations, which had grown up with it, but it has since become clear that young people were also discovering this liturgical form, feeling attracted to it and finding in it a type of contact with the Most Holy Eucharist which suited them particularly well.”
And this is a reflection of the time before priests were officially allowed to say the older form without permission!

This contrast bears repeating.
...but it has since become clear that young people were also discovering this liturgical form, feeling attracted to it and finding in it a type of contact with the Most Holy Eucharist which suited them particularly well.”
It is not that those asking for the traditional Mass are rebellious, sedevacantists, or hate the Novus Ordo due to poor catechesis in liturgical law and the papacy. There are many well-developed scholarly arguments on the organic development of liturgy, and its abrupt shift in the mid-twentieth century. But the average Catholic doesn't need this. This explanation more than suffices.

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