Frank K. Flinn has an excellent, if disparaging, analysis in today’s Boston Globe. He addresses Pope Benedict XVI’s move to allow wider use of the Tridentine Mass as an undermining of Vatican II reforms. Flinn included some good background information on the issue, but he is certainly an opponent of those supporting the Pope’s decision. Read the article here:
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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