Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Oriented Liturgy: Benedict XVI Stands Behind Cardinal Sarah -- And Pope Francis Sinks Into Silence

Holy Liturgy: Celebration Direction versus deum, facing to the East,
from which the Lord will come.
(Rome) The news is startling indeed, and was supported by different news agencies like Riposte Catholique and Boulevard Voltaire: Benedict XVI. adopted a position this  October 12th in the Osservatore Romano  on the battle escalating within the Church for the orientation of the Sacred Liturgy. He did not hesitate in himself making the line of Cardinal Robert Sarah entirely his own. Thus, the former head of the Church openly distanced  himself from the line of his successor Pope Francis.
Benedict XVI. has made this downright sensational step on soil familiar to him,  theology. He spoke in favor of changing the celebration direction in the New Rite. The direction of the celebration in the liturgical reform of 1969/1970 facing the people should be abandoned and returned to the celebration facing east, says Benedict. The German Pope wrote:

"In the orientation of the liturgy to the east, we see that Christians want to strive together with the Lord, for the salvation of the whole creation."
It is not the celebrant, who must become  the eyes of all, since - says Benedict XVI :
"A shepherd of the flock of Jesus Christ is never  facing only to the circle of his own faithful."

Benedict XVI. openly contradicts the line of his successor - Cardinal Sarah's Push

Some have expected that since there would be backlash by Pope Bergoglio. Since the publication of the opinion of Benedict XVI.  it's been more than 20 days, so it is probable that no backlash will come, at least not directly.
"The situation is really irritating," said Corrispondenza Romana . A Pope that will be contradicted by his surviving predecessor in a core area, the core area of the Holy Church. In other words: The predecessor slips back into the role of the Pontiff and Supreme Pastor to do what was supposed to be done by his successor, the reigning Pope.
But why has it come about? Last June the prefect of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Robert Cardinal Sarah, called upon "all, priests and faithful" to "face eastwards" to turn in the Holy Mass, at least in those central parts of the Mass where one turns directly to God: the Kyrie, Gloria prayers and especially the Eucharist. The cardinal urged not only all priests, again to change the Zelebrationsrichtung eastwards, as it has always been in the Church. He also named a specific date to implement the change: the First Sunday of Advent 2016th
The proposal was immediately agreed upon by Cardinal Raymond Burke, once the highest of judges and lawyers of the Church, whom Pope Francis removed in November 2014 from the Roman Curia because he resisted the weakening of the marriage sacrament.
The proposal was also decisively rejected on the part of those circles in the Vatican, who are close to  Pope Francis. The then Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi rushed to the microphone to explain: "There are no new upcoming liturgical directives."
A statement by the Press Office, with which distanced the Holy See from Cardinal Sarah's proposal remained anonymous. Who was commissioned, which office and which person is in charge, is still unclear. There is no doubt, however, that it was approved by Pope Francis.

Unfriendliness against Cardinal Sarah - backing from Benedict XVI.

Since then Cardinal Sarah was  invited to a few more of the numerous events than earlier that take place continuously in the Vatican. The most recent unfriendliness towards the courageous Cardinal from Guinea was his cancellation as a speaker at the opening of the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. For Studies on Marriage and Family. Pope Bergoglio, who had previously conducted profound changes at the Institute, which amount to a change of direction, even gave the opening speech.
It was less marveled at that Cardinal Sarah was not even invited by Pope Francis to commemorate Luther and accompany him to the Swedish city of Lund.
But it was Benedict XVI., who stood with his authority behind Cardinal Sarah and the proposal to "reform the liturgical reform".  It would be difficult for the reigning pope to enter the field against the theological competence of his predecessor,without daring to reveal sheer arbitrariness.
This could explain why  21 days after the publication of Benedict XVI's opinion he is still silent.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...


Unknown said...

I pray to God that we return to ad orientum!!!

PaxTecum57 said...

Bergoglio is silent! That's whats scary. I was giving up hope not too long ago but thanks to eponymousflower blog my hope is being restored. To hear of brave men go into hand to hand combat for Christ and His Church has caused me to rejoin the battle as a soldier of Christ.

James said...

Big whoop. Benedict XVI (God bless him) did more to mess things up when he resigned than he could ever have a positive effect now by any post-abdication books, interviews, or sneaked messages to his fans.

Also, as much as ad oriented in the Novus Ordo would be an improvement, it would still be the Novus Ordo. Kind of like when the residents in the dimentia ward of a nursing home have their hair and nails done at the behest of the staff or families - it makes them look a little bit better.

philipjohnson said...

Bergoglio is silent!I wish to God he would shut up and pack his bags and get the Hell out of it to Argentina.At least they would know how to treat him having extensive experience of his Blatherings!

Tancred said...

This message wasn't "sneaked" to his fans it was published in the Osservatore Romano and one of the larger secular websites in France, Boulevard Voltaire. It's best to stick with the facts, even if you're trying to give vent to your general disposition of despair.

Anonymous said...

As much as I(we) dislike Pope Francis, at least he said one good thing this week.
When asked by a female journalist on the flight back from Sweden(where he never should have gone in the first place), she asked the Pope if he could forsee a time in the Catholic Church when there are women priests. His response....shocking to the reporter...and to the rad femminists who are now condemning the USA white haired bitter old biddy nuns who spent their religious lives whinning for women priests rather than doing good works like geenrations of sisters..he said "No, women will never be ordained priests in the Catholic Church. Then he quoted St.Pope John Paul II.
The woman reporter was outraged and shocked. So are all the dissident nuns around the world. Boo Hoo. They are all losers.
Damian Malliapalli

Anonymous said...

Jorge laid his remarks in that regard at the feet of John Paul II, he stopped short of endorsing them personally. In fact, he went to pains to distance himself from it, hinting rather that he de facto accepted the binding nature of the document, but only grudgingly.

This is a way of telegraphing that Jorge Bergoglio has no faith.

Ceile De said...

I do not think Pancho Villa has been silent. His appointment of the bad Marini to the CDW after the awful things the latter said about BXVI is his response to his precedessor.

Tancred said...

As the article states, Bergoglio hasn't unleasehed any comments since B16 said this.

Anonymous said...

This makes Bergoglio look like an's a slap in his face from his predecessor. Good for Benedict. But then, if Benny hadn't resigned, none of this would have necessary.
Damian Malliapalli

Anonymous said...

Marini doesn't matter anymore. He's had a massive stroke, and will not be taking up his new duties...or any other duties ever again. If he doesn't pass away, he will be an invalid requiring 24 hr. care for the rest of his life. As evil as he is, I would not wish that on anyone. Can you imagine that on another "Catholic" site I read, one person was cheering and wishing him dead? Sick.
Damian Malliapalli

Ed Williams said...

Pope Francis did not stop "short of endorsing them personally." He did not go to great pains to "distance himself from it..."

In his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, he declared clearly that women cannot possibly become priests.

Pope Francis did not lay "his remarks" at "the feet of John Paul II."

In fact, in his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis cited, for example, "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration Inter Insigniores on the Question of the Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood (15 October 1976):"

In fact, Pope Francis "laid" everything at the "feet" of 2,000 years of Church teaching.

He made it clear that women cannot become priests in the Catholic Church.

Ed Williams

Subdeacon Shawn said...

I love the photo at the top of the page: its an Eastern Rite Church, where the priests have always faced east, never having adopted the desacrilizing reforms post- V2. Come to the Eastern Church my friends, and witness God's glory in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, unscathed by Novus Ordo or V2.