Good news… we’re normal! But I’m sure you already knew that.

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10/30/2012

“…it is normal to use the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.”

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Cardinal Cañizares with Pope Benedict XVICardinal Cañizares with Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Cañizares explains why he agreed to preside over Saturday’s mass for faithful from the “Una cum Papa nostro” pilgrimage, in St. Peter’s Basilica

ANDREA TORNIELLI
vatican city

“I gladly accepted to celebrate next Saturday’s mass for pilgrims who came to thank the Pope for the gift of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum because it is a way to make others understand that it is normal to use the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite…” This was the answer Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, gave to Vatican Insider when asked about the meaning of next Saturday’s (3 November) mass which will be celebrated at 15:00 in St. Peter’s Basilica. This morning, the spokesman for the “Una cum Papa nostro” pilgrimage announced that Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, Vice President of Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will be present at the mass.

What is the point of the pilgrimage?

“To give thanks to God and thank the Pope for the motu proprio he issued five years ago, recognising the value of the liturgy celebrated according to the missal of the Blessed John XXIII and marking continuity with the tradition of the Roman Rite. By recognising the previous liturgy one understands that reform does not mean doing away with older traditional practices.”

Why did you agree to celebrate mass for pilgrims who follow the pre-conciliar Rite?

 

I agreed because it is a way to show people it is normal to use the 1962 missal: there are two forms of the same Rite but there is only one Rite, so it is normal to use it during mass celebrations. I have already celebrated a number of masses according to the missal introduced by the Blessed John XXIII and I will gladly do so again on this occasion. The Congregation in which the Pope has called me to act as Prefect does not oppose the use of the old liturgy, although the task of our dicastery is to enhance the meaning of liturgical renewal according to the directives of the Sacrosanctum Concilium constitution and follow in the footsteps of the Second Vatican Council. In relation to this it must be said that the extraordinary form of the Latin Rite must draw inspiration from the conciliar Constitution which in the first ten paragraphs focuses on the true spirit of the liturgy and so is relevant to all rites.”

What is your opinion regarding the implementation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, five years on?

 

“I do not know the details regarding the world situation, partly because it is the Ecclesia Dei Commission that deals with this but I think that people are gradually beginning to understand that the liturgy is core to the Church and we have to revive the sense of mystery and sacredness in our celebrations. Furthermore, I believe that five years on we are able to better understand that it is not just about some faithful feeling nostalgia for the Latin Rite but about adding to the meaning of the liturgy. We are all part of the Church, we are all in one communion. Pope Benedict XVI explained this very well and on the first anniversary of the motu proprio, he recalled that “no one is unwelcome in the Church.”

Second Undersecretary for the CDW appointed

by Gregor Kollmorgen, NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT

As we learn from today’s bollettino of the Press Office of the Holy See,

The Holy Father has apoointed a second Undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: the Rev. Mons. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, until now Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Toledo (Spain).

 

Rev. Mons. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche

Rev. Mons. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche

Mons. Ferrer had already in April been appointed a Consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship (cf. Significant Nominations for the Congregation for Divine Worship). Mons. Ferrer was the Vicar General of the new Prefect of the CDW and former Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Cañizares, and has previously been mentioned on the NLM as co-organiser and participant in training workshops for the Extraordinary Form in Toledo (see NLM reports here and here). He also is Mozarabic Chaplain of the Cathedral of Toledo and parish priest of the parish of Santo Tomé where Mass in the usus antiquior is celebrated daily. Taking into account that the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei is to be attached to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems not unreasonable to speculate – but keep in mind that at this point it is no more than that – that the appointment of Mons. Ferrer as second Undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments could mean that the competence of that Pontifical Commission pertaining to strictly liturgical matters will be transferred to the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The NLM will endeavour to learn more about this development

Mons. Ferrer to the right of Card. Cañizares at the Corpus Christi procession in Toledo. Before anyone asks: the wearing of the pallium with the cope is not foreseen by the rubrics, as far as I know, but seems customary in Toledo, as you can see in older photographs. Thanks for this picture to the Fraternity of Christ the Priest.

Mons. Ferrer to the right of Card. Cañizares at the Corpus Christi procession in Toledo. Before anyone asks: the wearing of the pallium with the cope is not foreseen by the rubrics, as far as I know, but seems customary in Toledo, as you can see in older photographs. Thanks for this picture to the Fraternity of Christ the Priest.

Tornando a Colombo

Archbishop Ranjith

Archbishop Ranjith

 WHISPERS IN LOGGIA – Rome on this last day of April forecasts a significant, long-tipped move in the liturgy world: Il Giornale‘s Andrea Tornielli reports that, possibly come Saturday, the Pope will transfer the #2 of the Congregation for Divine Worship Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith back to his native Sri Lanka as archbishop of Colombo.

First aired last October in the pages of The Tablet, the move for the B16 favorite would place the 60 year-old prelate (right) at the forefront of the crucial Asian church and possibly, Tornielli writes, in line for the cardinal’s red hat, an honor given to just one previous Sri Lankan over Catholicism’s centuries of history in the war-torn island-nation.

An auxiliary in the 700,000-member Colombo church before stints as a diocesan bishop, Vatican official and papal diplomat, Ranjith’s become a flashpoint in church circles over his staunch support for the 1962 Missal and traditional practices such as receiving the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue, all elements of Benedict XVI’s liturgical program. While the archbishop was restored to the Curia months after his patron’s election to Peter’s chair as lieutenant to the then-CDW prefect Cardinal Francis Arinze, the dynamic atop the global church’s liturgy office has shifted even more decisively in Benedict’s favor since the arrival late last year of its new head Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, a longstanding collaborator of the Pope’s whose closeness to Benedict once earned him the nickname “Ratzingerino,” the “Little Ratzinger.”

With the Congregation overseeing the approvals for the revised translation of the Missale Romanum in English, Tornielli notes that Ranjith’s successor at Divine Worship is “with all probability” likely to be “an Anglophone prelate.” If the Colombo appointment proceeds as reported, the Curialist would succeed Archbishop Oswald Gomis, who reached the retirement age of 75 in December 2007.

 

Rocco Palmo writes from America for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London. He also authors “Almost Holy,” a fortnightly column for Busted Halo, an online magazine on spirituality and culture run by the Paulist Fathers. Palmo’s appeared as a commentator on things Catholic in The New York Times, Associated Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and Religion News Service, among other print and broadcast outlets. A Philadelphia native, Rocco Palmo attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he earned the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Significant Nominations for the Congregation for Divine Worship

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After the significant nominations of new Consultors to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff last September (cf. NLM reports here and here), Pope Benedict today has made two very good appointments for Consultors to the Congregation for Divine Worship… Read the entire article

Pope considering limits on concelebration

Vatican, May. 22, 2008 (CWNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI (bionews) plans to curtail the practice of organizing large-scale Eucharistic celebrations with hundreds of priests concelebrating the Mass, according to a report in Italy’s Panorama magazine.

Panorama reports that the Holy Father has directed the Congregation for Divine Worship to study the question and prepare appropriate instructions. His objective, the Italian journal says, is to eliminate the concelebration of Mass by hundreds of priests at a time, with many of them standing at a distance from the altar.

The Vatican has not commented on the Panorama report.

If the story is accurate, the new liturgical guidelines could bring significant changes in liturgical celebrations at which the Pope himself presides, such as Masses attended by tens of thousands of people at World Youth Day or during papal trips abroad.