I didn’t write on this before, though I usually follow the intrepid Andrea Tornelli when he writes about liturgical things. Still… this struck me as a little odd, for one, and I was really busy.
Have a look at this from CNA:
Vatican denies liturgical reforms being formalized
Vatican City, Aug 24, 2009 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- The Press Office of the Holy See today denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Benedict is poised to make changes to enhance the sacredness of the liturgy. The statement added that there are currently no institutional proposals to alter the rites being used to celebrate the Mass. [The key here is "institutional".]
The Assistant Director of the Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said that "so far there are no institutional proposals for amendment of the books currently in use."
Fr. Benedettini made the statement after the Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli wrote that the bishops who comprise the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments had voted on March 12 to recommend a series of liturgical reforms to the Pope.
Tornielli wrote that the bishops of the Congregation voted almost unanimously to “restore greater sacredness to the rite, to recover the meaning of Eucharistic adoration, to restore Latin [!] in the celebration and to revamp the introductory parts of the Missal to put an end to abuses, experimentation and inappropriate creativity.” [hmmm]
The bishops also reportedly voted to reaffirm that the norm for receiving Holy Communion is on the tongue and not the hand. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?] However, noted Tornielli, some bishops’ conferences have received an indult from Rome to allow the reception of the Eucharist on the hand.
Here is the deal.
We don’t need new provisions. We need to have a few exceptions and options canceled.
We don’t need new provisions. We need to have greater liturgical discipline and oversight from ecclesial authority.
We don’t need new provisions. We need to stop tolerating liturgical abuses.