Assessing Benedict’s views of the liturgy
In “Where Truth and Beauty Meet”: Understanding Benedict (The Tablet August 14, 2010) – Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge, aptly summarizes Pope Benedict’s view of the liturgy and his calls for reform
[Pope Benedict] believes that behind many celebrations of the new liturgy lie a raft of disastrous theological, cultural, sociological and aesthetic assumptions, linked to the unsettled time in which the liturgical reforms were carried out. In particular, he believes that twentieth-century theologies of the Eucharist place far too much emphasis on the notion that the fundamental form of the Eucharist is that of a meal, at the cost of underplaying the cosmic, redemptive, and sacrificial character of the Mass.
The Pope, of course, himself calls the Mass the “Feast of Faith”, “the Banquet of the reconciled”. Nevertheless Calvary and the empty tomb, rather than the Upper Room, are for him the proper symbolic locations of Christian liturgy. The sacrificial character of the Eucharist has to be evident in the manner of its celebration, and the failure to embody this adequately in the actual performance of the new liturgy seems to him one of the central problems of the post-conciliar reforms. … Continue reading
The beautiful Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite Mass, sometimes called the Traditional Latin Mass, will be celebrated in Houston, tomorrow on Wednesday at 6:30 pm Central time at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Annunciation Church.
Annunciation Church is located on 1618 Texas Avenue near downtown Houston and directly across from Minute Maid Park.
Father Charles Van Vliet will be offering the sacrifice of the Mass. He belongs to the Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Cancti Petri order or F.S.S.P.