On VIS there is a summary and in the pages of L’Osservatore Romano there is the Italian text, which the same paper featured as its front page story today.
Pope Benedict gave a talk to the Ninth International Congress on the Liturgy sponsored by the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Rome’s St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, on the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation. My emphases and comments. It starts with the usual opening remarks blah blah.
CHURCH’S LITURGY GOES BEYOND CONCILIAR REFORM
VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2011 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father received participants in the Ninth International Congress on the Liturgy sponsored by the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Rome’s St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, on the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation.
The Pope recalled that “Blessed John XXIII, recognizing the requests of the liturgical movement that sought to give new impetus and a new spirit to the Church’s prayer, shortly before Vatican Council II and during its celebration, asked the faculty of Benedictines on the Aventine Hill to establish a center for study and research to ensure a solid basis for conciliar liturgical reform”.
Referring to the title chosen for the congress: “The Pontifical Liturgical Institute: Between Memory and Prophecy”, the Pope said that the “‘memory’ pertains to the very life of the Institute that has offered its contribution to the Church dedicated to the reception of the Second Vatican Council over fifty years of academic liturgical formation”.
[You were, perhaps, waiting for something more interesting…]
Benedict XVI highlighted that, “with the term ‘prophecy’, our gaze opens to new horizons. The Liturgy of the Church goes beyond the ‘conciliar reform’, [pay attention… ] the objective of which in fact was not mainly to change the rites and texts but rather to renew the mentality and to put the celebration of Christ’s paschal mystery at the center of Christian life and pastoral work. [There’s more…] Unfortunately the liturgy has perhaps been seen – even by us, pastors and experts – more as an object to reform than a subject capable of renewing Christian life, [Get that? It became the “object” when it was supposed to be the “subject”.] seeing that “a very close and organic bond exists between the renewal of the liturgy and the renewal of the whole life of the Church“. [From the onset of the pontificate I have argue that central to Pope Benedict’s vision was a renewal of Catholic identity, and that renewal required a proper liturgical praxis in continuity, not rupture, with our tradition. This is how the Council should be read. This is how our liturgical worship should be conducted.]
“The liturgy, … lives a proper and constant relationship between sound ‘traditio’ and legitimate ‘progressio’, clearly seen by the conciliar constitution Sancrosanctum Concilium at paragraph 23. … Not infrequently are tradition and progress in awkward opposition. Actually though, the two concepts are interwoven: tradition is a living reality that, in itself, includes the principle of development, of progress”. [The core of SC 23 reads: “That sound tradition may be retained, and yet the way remain open to legitimate progress….” and “Finally, there must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.”]
The concluding remarks are the usual blah blah.