Tuesday, September 14, 2021

If Francis can abolish the ancient liturgical rites of the West; why can't (or wouldn't) he do the same to the East?

I am not going to excerpt this piece but rather encourage reading it in its entirety here. The implications of the pope's recent decree that comes dangerously close to the outright suppression of the Latin Church's 1500 year old liturgical patrimony, are breathtaking. Setting aside the obvious lack of prudence in Francis' decree, the suggestion that it is even within the legitimate powers of his office to do such a thing, should bring any talk of restoration of communion with Rome to a screeching halt. 

HT: Blog reader John L. 

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I'm surprised that Geoffrey Hull, the author of "The Banished Heart," hadn't gone full Byzantine - his entire thesis is that Rome had destroyed or mutilated every one of the liturgies of its non-Latin "sui iuris" churches long before Vatican II and the 1970 "reforms".

2 comments:

Jon Marc said...

All the shock and dismay, it's like it's the 1970s all over again! What did everyone expect? Honestly...

William Tighe said...

Well, this happened in the 1970s to the Maronites (on their own initiative) and to the Malabaris (who have been fighting about "liturgical reform" ever since). I am told that a similar "reform" is under way among the Syriac Catholics (although I know nothing about it) and among the Ethiopian Catholics. And here is an old article about the situation among the Chaldean Catholics:

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/09/infusing-spirit-of-novus-ordo-into.html