Forholdet mellom TLM og “reform av liturgireformen”

På NLM-bloggen ble det for noen dager siden publisert et intervju med Fr. George Rutler, godt kjent i USA, spesielt fra programmene til EWTN. Han får i intervjuet mange spørsmål om liturgi og musikk, og om hvordan hvordan mer utbredt feiring av TLM vil påvirke feiring av den nye messen. Til det sier han:

The saying «a rising tides lifts all ships» applies here. Learning about the usus antiquior can raise the general conscience of parishioners to a clearer understanding of what worship is. Each age is tempted to ape the current cultural milieu in its approach to God. The tendency to make the Mass an ecclesiastical form of television entertainment is a mistake of our day, but it is not more seductive than the inclination of an earlier generation to make the Mass operatic. Pope St. Pius X tried to reform that by his attention to Gregorian chant. Bad money drives out the good in every epoch, and some of the worst elements in current liturgical life have just updated the pietism of earlier times. From my experience, young people respond to classical worship well, albeit at first with astonishment and bewilderment, but their response is healthier than that of some older people who lack the humility to admit that their abandonment of authentic worship was a mistake. For those in their twenties and thirties, the guitars and faux folksiness of the 1960’s is as archaic as the culture of the 1920’s is to those in their sixties and seventies. To recover the virile authenticity of true worship, I certainly prefer the sacral language of the Latin texts but, more importantly, I think the «leaven for the reform of the reform» would best begin with worship «ad orientem.» The psychological shock some may have when they realize the priest is not looking at them when he prays can be a very good tonic.

Les hele intervjuet her.

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