Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sacrosanctum Concilium: A Magna Carta - Archbishop Marini

"The Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, more than being a manual for reforming rites, is a magna carta capable of inspiring the renewal of the Church."

So spoke Archbishop Piero Marini at this morning's keynote presentation here at the annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Erie, PA.

The archbishop delivered his address in his native Italian; the English translation was projected onto screens on either side of the stage.

He focused on the 50th anniversary of the release of the constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium. His whole point, as noted above, is that the constitution informed and inspired every other document and aspect of the Second Vatican Council. The Archbishop spoke about the constitution not being a document that we look back upon with the nostalgic eyes of history. He told us that in many respects, the constitution precedes us, calling us forward toward deeper renewal.

He talked about the work of Pope Paul VI, a work of moving decentralization of the Church forward, but a work that the pope admitted he could not finish--in a sense that the Church wasn't ready for--; that this work would need to be taken up by someone in the future; a future pope. Archbishop Marini then asserted that with Pope Francis, that particular aspect of the renewal will now move forward.

I, for one, cannot wait to get a copy of this particular presentation; I will let you know how to obtain it as soon as I find out.

Well, at least for this blogger, the election of Pope Francis and the talk I just heard make me feel as if the windows that were thrown open at the Second Vatican Council are still open and the fresh air that is the Holy Spirit is breathing through our Church.

There will be a question-and-answer session with the Archbishop later this afternoon; I will keep you updated.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Charles G said...

So if he's appointed prefect of CDWDS will he ensure that Gregorian Chant has pride of place in the liturgy, that Latin not be eliminated from the Roman Rite, that the faithful are able to sing in Latin the parts of the Ordinary pertaining to them, that "there must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing" as Sacrosanctum Concilium required? How come those particular clauses of Vatican II were never implemented? Heaven help us if this man is put in CDW. Just when Pope Benedict had helped push some baby steps to bring back some reverence, beauty and tradition to abominable liturgical wasteland we've been living in since 1970, it seems we are to be plunged back into the height of the 70s, with Kumbaya self referential gatherings ordering God around to suit our fancies and trite music and hatred of absolutely anything from the Catholic Church's rich treasury of liturgical beauty. I have no problems with the Novus Ordo itself, but I have HUGE problems with the execrable way it has been celebrated since 1970. I'm sorry, but throwing the entire Catholic liturgical tradition into the wastebin is not what Sacrosanctum Concilium called for, nor is it wise or prudent or the best for the worship of almighty God through the holy sacrifice of the Mass. I don't believe the number of people who have had to suffer through horrible liturgy or those who voted with their feet and left the Church due to the trashing of tradition is negligible. Are we going back to the days when the arrogant powers that be dictate that anything before 1965 is BAD, BAD, BAD and must never be seen or heard within the four walls of a church? May heaven forbid it.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Charles G, thanks for the comment. I am quite taken aback by your ferocity here, however. I didn't find anything in the Archbishop's presentation that even mentioned what you are implying here. Can you fill us all in please?

Archimandrite Gregory said...

Interesting that he would speak in Erie, Pa. The eritus Bishop was of the same mind as the archbishop, and vocations are among the lowest in the US. Same is true for the Clveland Diocese. Something is not working for this old 60's types nor for the churches that they shepherd.