Coming soon: a motu proprio on the mass?

Reports out of the Vatican indicate that may be in the cards.

From the New Liturgical Movement website:

In the coming weeks a document of Benedict XVI will be released which reorganizes the competences of the Congregation for Divine Worship, entrusting it with the task of promoting a liturgy more faithful to the original intentions of Vatican II, with less room for arbitrary changes, and for the recovery of a dimension greater sacredness.

The document, which will take the form of a motu proprio, is the fruit of a long maturation – it has been reviewed by the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts and the offices of the Secretariat of State -, and is motivated mainly by the transfer of jurisdiction over matrimonial cases to the Roman Rota. These are the so-called “ratum sed non consummatum” causes, i.e. regarding the marriages which took place in church but have not been consummated because of the lacking carnal union of the spouses. There are about five hundred cases a year, and they mainly affect some Asian countries where there are still arranged marriages with girls of a very young age, but also Western countries for those cases of psychological impotence to perform the conjugal act.

Losing this section, which will go to the Rota, the Congregation of Divine Worship will de facto not be concerned anymore with the sacraments and retain only jurisdiction in matters liturgical. According to some authoritative leaks, a passage of the motu proprio of Benedict XVI might explicitly mention that “new liturgical movement” of which has spoken in recent days Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, speaking during the consistory of last November.

Cañizares told Il Giornale, in an interview published on the eve of last Christmas: “The liturgical reform was carried out with great haste. There were very good intentions and a desire to apply Vatican II. But there was precipitancy… The liturgical renewal was seen as laboratory research, the fruit of imagination and creativity, the magic word then.” The cardinal, who had not been unbalanced in talking about the “reform the reform”, had added: “What I see as absolutely necessary and urgent, according to what the the Pope wishes, is giving life to a new, clear and vigorous liturgical movement throughout the entire Church”, to put an end to “arbitrary deformations” and the process of “secularisation, which unfortunately is at work even inside the Church.”

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  1. that Vatican has ALREADY distance themselves from this anc released the following:
    Relevant development – Tornielli: new Motu Proprio
    preparing the CDW for the “Reform of the Reform”

    UPDATE (regarding this matter, 1300 GMT): In a response to jounalists, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, stated the following:
    “It is true that a motu proprio has long been under study to lay down the transferral of a technical legal competence – as, for instance, that of the dispensation for the ‘ratum sed non consummatum’ matrimony from the Congregation for Divine Worship to the tribunal of the Sacred [Roman] Rota. But there are no grounds nor reason to see in this an intent to promote a control, of a ‘restrictive’ kind, by the Congregation, of the fostering of the liturgical renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council.”

  2. Hmmm…

    no grounds nor reason to see in this an intent to promote a control, of a ‘restrictive’ kind, by the Congregation

    Not exactly a ringing denial, is it? So the control that the CDW wil now wield over the liturgical reform won’t be of the “restrictive” kind…so just what kind of control over the ” liturgical renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council” will they begin to wield?

    All he seems to be saying is that it won’t be their purpose to ban things…which has never been the modus operandi of Benedict to begin with. So Lombardi tells us what kind of control they “won’t be promoting”. But what kind of control WILL they be promoting?

  3. This is wonderful news. I am fortunate to belong to a parish where liturgies are solemn, sacred, and faithful to the Roman Missal. This is rare in many places, yet so desperately needed, to restore the sense of awe at the sacred mysteries happening before our eyes.

    The Mass is not meant to “entertain” in a “make it up as you go” atmosphere. It is holy and deserves utmost reverence.

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