I denne artikkelen leser vi om hvor klokt pave Benedikt har gjort alle ting, og det er den nye liturgiske bestemmelsen om å gi plass til både den gamle og den nye messefeiringa det handler om. Her har paven begynt på noe som kan føre til liturgisk fred i vår kirke, der alle blir beriket, og han har samtidig prøvd å dempe de mest radikale i begge ender av den store og mangfoldige Katolske kirke.
One can only say that Benedict has used the keys of St Peter with the wisdom of Solomon! By maintaining the unity of the Roman Rite, with two usages, the Pontiff not only refuses to canonise extremism in any direction, but provides perhaps the most powerful example possible of the ‘hermeneutic of continuity and reform’, in the application and interpretation of Vatican Council II, in accordance with his address to the Roman curia of 22 December 2005.
In a letter sent to the bishops of the world, explaining his reasons for issuing the Motu Proprio, Benedict underlines precisely this point: ‘There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.’