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Pope Francis says the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council are being resisted by groups with “closed mindsets” who call into question the authority of bishops to preserve the Church’s tradition.
Francis’ remarks, made during a speech to a group from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, can be read as a defence of his decision to issue restrictions on the use of the pre-Vatican II liturgy. The Pope also hit back at those creating divisions over the liturgy saying they were doing the devil’s work.
Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition), issued in July 2021, handed authority to local bishops to oversee celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass and overturned Benedict XVI’s 2007 ruling which had made it much easier for priests to celebrate the Old Rite. But many of those attached to the pre-Vatican II Mass have responded to Traditionis Custodes with furious hostility and resistance.
“Closed mindsets use liturgical schemes to defend their own point of view,” the Pope said during his address. “This is the drama we are experiencing in ecclesial groups that are distancing themselves from the Church, questioning the Council, the authority of the bishops…to preserve tradition. And the liturgy is used for this.”
When he issued his restrictions on the Old Rite, Francis said he was seeking to preserve the unity of the Church, saying that support for the pre-Vatican liturgy often includes “a rejection not only of the liturgical reform, but of the Vatican Council II itself, claiming, with unfounded and unsustainable assertions”. An ecumenical council is the highest form of legislation in the Church and at Vatican an overwhelming majority of bishops voted to reform the liturgy.
I am not a particular fan of Pope Francis. I cannot make up my mind about him.
But he was elected by the College of Cardinals.
And of course there was “politics”. There always is.
I don’t believe that the Holy Spirit plays any role in papal elections.
The Holy Spirit does not involve him/ her self in evil matters.
But Francis IS the RCC pope.
And the Second Vatican Council is as legitimate a General Council as there ever has been.
Right wing RC people, hankering after the Latin Mass is rather like the Amish preferring to use horses for transport instead of cars.
The horse and cart is quaint and romantic. But out of date.
I am not part of the RC anymore.
But how can you claim to be a faithful and loyal RC and refuse to accept the pope and a General Council?
Is that not the road to schism?
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