A paragraph of rebuttals of the Pope’s recent attempt at abolishing the Latin mass . . .

. . . showing how Vatican Council II approved and encouraged what Francis shot at and missed. Sacrosanctum Concilium is the council’s near unanimously accepted final say about liturgy:

After the example of the celebrations according to 1962 Missal, and based on the teaching of the Council Fathers and the legitimate options of the present liturgical books, Adoremus [a
publication here defended by its editor] will continue to assist bishops, priests, and laity as “guardians of tradition.”

We will continue to promote the use of Latin and sacred vernacular, as do Sacrosanctum Concilium (36, 54, 101) and the tradition.

We will continue to encourage the use of Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony, as do Sacrosanctum Concilium (116) and the tradition.

We will continue to form liturgical ministers to serve and act according to “the traditional practice of the Roman Rite,” as the [official,
since 1969] General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) directs (see GIRM, 42).

We will continue to demonstrate the need for beautiful, heavenly sacred art and architecture, as do Sacrosanctum Concilium (122) and our liturgical tradition.

We will continue to teach about legitimate, longstanding liturgical options, such as praying the Eucharistic Prayer ad orientem, as offered by the current Missal (see, for example, Order of Mass, 29, 127, 132)..

Leaving the rest of us wondering what the heck’s going on in Rome these days, and not the first time for that . . .

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