I am listening to Card. Levada’s homily at the consecration of the new FSSP chapel in Nebraska.
A few things popped out at me.
First, I think it very interesting that he mentioned Anglicanorum coetibus in this talk.
The Cardinal, Prefect of the CDF to be sure, but also the President of the Pontifical Ecclesia Dei, cited a preface for the anniversary of a consecration of a church in the newer missal of Paul VI. He also mentions that Pope Benedict at the time of Summorum Pontificum spoke of the appropriateness of using Ordinary Form prefaces with the older Extraordinary Form.
Okayyyy… but didn’t the PCED just write that that was not to be done? Did I miss something?
My first thought is that that clarificatory letter from the PCED to a priest in Poland had to say that for the sake of the talks going on with the SSPX. There might also be something in the new document about Summorum Pontificum which is is preparation, some regulation of the same. Until then, don’t do it.
Also, he raised the point that I made the other day: priests aren’t ordained for a book. Fine. But did he really have to press the point of the Ordinary Form in that context? Why not just let their day be their day? That would be my main point of concern.
I very much liked his contrast of the "dustiness" of the Gospel story, about Zacchaeus up in his tree, and the splendor of the rites. He also explains that the use of the story of Zacchaeus is appropriate because the Lord eventually goes to Zacchaeus’ house. Salvation came to his house.
His dictis it was a great honor for the FSSP and all those who embrace also a traditional form of the sacraments that the Cardinal was present, representing as it were the Holy Father for this occasion.
Also, someone tell the announcers that the man’s name is pronouced Le-VAY-da, not Le-VAH-da. His name comes from Portuguese.