Regular readers here may… just possibily… recall that I drone on and on about what I think is Pope Benedict’s "Marshall Plan" for revitalizing Catholic identity after the devastation caused over the last 40+ years.
The Holy Father has, I say, an objective in this pontificate. We must revive and strengthen our Catholic identity within our Catholic Church communities and as individuals (ad intra) so that we can contribute something worthy of being heard in the public square. If we do not, the process of driving our Catholic voice out of the public square will continue unabated.
It is precisely because Pope Benedict is working in this way that we see today a rise in yellow attack journalism from the MSM: Pope Benedict has been making progress and he must be stopped at all cost.
A necessary aspect of this "Marshall Plan" must be to revitalize out worship.
We need a clearer liturgical worship of God in keeping with our tradition. Our Catholic identity depends on it to the point that, if our worship is not sound and faithful to the Church’s prescriptions, and in continuity with our tradition, it is hard to make the claim that we are Catholic.
Some people have challenged my views. Usually they are of the "rupture" liturgical camp, rather than the "continuity" camp.
On this note, I found this in the present number of The Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly.
Edward Pentin has a piece entitled "A meeting with ‘Little Ratzinger’", nickname for His Eminence Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.
Being of similar mind to Benedict XVI he naturally has the same approach to the liturgy which he sees not only as important for the Church, but also for the world at large.
"Benedict XVI reminds us that the first document of the Second Vatican Council was Sacrosanctum Concilium [the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy], and the last document was Gaudium et Spes, [the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World - should be Gaudium et spes... ]." he said.
"If we want to be present as Christians in the world, to form and renew the world, to bring peace, freedom et cetera, we cannot do that without leaning on the liturgy, on Sacrosanctum Concilium. For this reason, the Holy Father is very committed to renew the liturgy, to recover Sacrosanctum Concilium."
By "recover" Sacrosanctum Concilium, I am sure he means "read it properly for a change", in continuity with tradition rather than as a break or rupture in what the Church has always done in our worship of God.