Today, a reminder of the fruits we have already seen from this pontificate in terms of the promotion of christian unity, with a picture of those nice ex-Sede sisters from WYD, Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church pictured here with Archbishop Hart in their attractively coloured habits. Do go take a look at their website for the latest news on them (they are recruiting...).
And those obsessed with things blue/ICK might also like to have a go at the caption competition going on over at The hermaneutic of continuity.
AB Ranjith on the liturgical abuses of the last decades...
Some recent comments of Archbishop Ranjith on the liturgy reported by Catholic World News and picked up by a number of blogs rather highlight just why groups like this left the Church and at times couldn't recognise that it was the same church. And why those who are currently insisting on total acceptance of Vatican II usually mean something other than what the texts actually said (notwithstanding that there are some problematic sections).
In particular he said, in the forward to a new book that:
"Some practices which Sacrosanctum Concilium had never even contemplated were allowed into the Liturgy, like Mass versus populum, Holy Communion in the hand, altogether giving up on the Latin and Gregorian Chant in favor of the vernacular and songs and hymns without much space for God, and extension beyond any reasonable limits of the faculty to concelebrate at Holy Mass. There was also the gross misinterpretation of the principle of "active participation."
"Basic concepts and themes like Sacrifice and Redemption, Mission, Proclamation and Conversion, Adoration as an integral element of Communion, and the need of the Church for salvation--all were sidelined, while Dialogue, Inculturation, Ecumenism, Eucharist-as-Banquet, Evangelization-as-Witness, etc., became more important. Absolute values were disdained."
"An exaggerated sense of antiquarianism, anthopologism, confusion of roles between the ordained and the non-ordained, a limitless provision of space for experimentation-- and indeed, the tendency to look down upon some aspects of the development of the Liturgy in the second millennium-- were increasingly visible among certain liturgical schools."
He called for a true reform of the reform and us "to be courageous in improving or changing that which was erroneously introduced and which appears to be incompatible with the true dignity of the Liturgy."