sep 152008

Le culte liturgique est l’expression suprême de la vie sacerdotale et épiscopale, comme aussi de l’enseignement catéchétique. – The liturgical cult is the supreme expression of priestly and episcopal life, as also of catechetical teaching.

Slik innleda pave Benedikt det han sa om den tradisjonelle latinske messen til de franske biskopene i går. Både for presten/ biskopen privat og for tjenesten (her nevnes katekesen spesielt) står messen absolutt i sentrum. Det er derfor ikke underlig at messen får mye oppmerksomhet. (Legg merke til at ordet ‘kult’ her brukes både på fransk og engelsk.)

Etter denne innledende setningen fortsetter paven å snakke om den gamle messen og sin «frigivelse» av denne; at han håper det han har gjort vil bygge ned spenningene i Kirken:

Your duty of sanctification of the people of the faithful, dear brothers, is essential to the growth of the Church. I was prompted to specify in the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the conditions of the exercise of this duty, regarding the possibility of using just as well the missal of Blessed John XXIII (1962) as that of Pope Paul VI (1970). Fruits of these new provisions have already seen the light of day, and I hope that the indispensable pacification of spirits is, thanks be to God, coming about. I appreciate the difficulties that you encounter, but I have no doubt that you can achieve within a reasonable time satisfactory solutions for all, so that the seamless robe of Christ does not tear further. No one is too many in the Church. Everyone, without exception, must be able to feel at home, and never (must he feel) rejected. God who loves all men and does not want to lose any entrusts to us this mission of pastors by making us the Shepherds of his sheep. We can but thank him for the honour and trust that he has placed. Let us strive therefore to be always servants of unity!

Les mer om dette på engelsk – og lese hele pavens utsagn på fransk.

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