Monday, December 18, 2006

Fr. Fox on liturgical changes

Fr. Martin Fox does some prognosticating on what just may be coming in the not-so-distant future regarding changes to the liturgy. He did a very nice job keeping to the middle of the road, as is customary for him, and I'd expect given the recent actions his views mesh well with the predilection of our Pontiff. To further that expectation, I'm currently working my way through then-Cardinal Ratzinger's The Spirit of the Liturgy where the now-Pope outlines many of his concerns regarding the post-conciliar changes to the liturgy and possible opportunities for "reforming the reform".

I think it will be very interesting to see what comes down the road from Rome, and equally interesting to see how willing the various levels of the Church hierarchy are to implement the directives. To be sure, there are some who simply will refuse to submit, and there are some who will more than likely try to over-extend whatever changes are made. We can only hope and pray that this time we, the whole Church, will take more care in following what is called for and not merely our own momentary whims. After all, lex orandi lex credendi. (For what it's worth, the wikipedia entry for lex orandi lex credendi needs some serious help - it discusses the concept only from an Anglican point of view and from an initial gloss that of only one particular Anglican. It's in serious need of Catholic content, among other things.)