From a priest:
Thanks for all of your work on behalf of the Church and, from a brother priest, oremus pro invicem! [Libenter!]
I was ordained this year and thank God for the tremendous gift of offering the Divine Sacrifice and forgiving sins in the Sacrament of Penance.
The Lord blessed me with many very good years of Latin study before priestly ordination and as a result I have the ability to read well and speak a little; what great treasures of the Tradition the key of Latin unlocks to those willing to suffer and work for it. Thanks for encouraging all seminarians to fulfill their canonical obligation by learning it well.
My question for you is this: may a priest fulfill his obligation by praying the traditional breviary according to the new calendar? I happen to be exercising my priestly ministry in a parish following the new calendar. Basically this would mean celebrating the feasts that both calendars have from the traditional calendar, using the common for feasts that don’t exist in the old calendar and praying the ferial days in the breviary when it is a ferial day in the new calendar.
I know this is not ideal but in light of the present historical moment would this fulfill one’s obligation apropos the breviary until the calendars are reconciled?
While there are some genuine benefits of the new breviary (the richer selection of Church Father’s for the Office of Readings et alia) the new psalter, in my humble opinion, is atrocious.
I am getting quite a few breviary questions these days. Interesting. These are complicated issues and I don’t really know quite how to respond. The Church’s law isn’t entirely apparent to me.
It is clear that we can use either the Liturgia Horarum or the Breviarium Romanum. It is clear that we can use either the 2002 Missale Romanum or the 1962 Missale Romanum. The new office is aligned to the new Mass and the older office is aligned to the older Mass. It is best to be consistent: say the old Mass and say the older office, etc.
I don’t believe there is any obligation to say the Breviarium Romanum on the days you opt to use the 1962 Missale Romanum. But it sure makes sense to do so.
What happens for the priest in the parish who has less control over which missal he uses is that he can wind up caught between two calendars. That gets a little schizophrenic. Thus, you are trying to reduce the craziness by using the older breviary with the newer calendar. Good luck.
I think the mens of the Roman Pontiff is not to mix these two expressions of the Roman Rite… yet. It seems to me that we need more direction on this. My own thought on this is evolving. Therefore, I suggest that, in the morning when your hand reaches to the right to pick up the Breviarium Romanum, or to the left to take the Liturgia Horarum, you stick what you chose – and its calendar – through the day.