A friend and I have been talking about the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and the need to press press press them forward again. We need to keep pressing and working.
On that note, I was delighted to read at NLM that Card. Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo (former secretary of the CDW) sent a letter to a meeting of Una Voce in Rome, voicing much the same sentiment. Here is the body of the text of the letter from Card. Ranjith. My emphases and comments.
I wish to express first of all, my gratitude to all of you for the zeal and enthusiasm with which you promote the cause of the restoration of the true liturgical traditions of the Church.
As you know, it is worship that enhances faith and its heroic realization in life. It is the means with which human beings are lifted up to the level of the transcendent and eternal: the place of a profound encounter between God and man. [It’s nice to see him use that word “encounter”. I am forever harping about encountering mystery, experiencing the transcendent in our liturgical worship. If our worship doesn’t bring us to an encounter with mystery, it has failed in an important way.]
Liturgy for this reason can never be what man creates. For if we worship the way we want and fix the rules ourselves, then we run the risk of recreating Aaron’s golden calf. [Classic Ratzinger, by the way. He wroe with that same image in one of his books. When we make it up, and what we turn out reflects ourselves, we are engaged in idolatry. The problem is that the Jews KNEW their golden calf wasn’t a “god”. They KNEW it was less than the Most High. They made it because they didn’t want the challenge of what the TRUE God asked. That is what happens when we stray from our true liturgical worship or distort it into something easy, comfortable, familiar. Liturgy should also involve the extremely difficult, the apophatic, something frightening which remains nevertheless alluring.]
We ought to constantly insist on worship as participation in what God Himself does, else we run the risk of engaging in idolatry. Liturgical symbolism helps us to rise above what is human to what is divine. [WATCH THIS!] In this, it is my firm conviction that the Vetus Ordo represents to a great extent and in the most fulfilling way that mystical and transcendent call to an encounter with God in the liturgy.
Hence the time has come for us to not only renew through radical changes the content of the new Liturgy, but also to encourage more and more a return of the Vetus Ordo, as a way for a true renewal of the Church, which was what the Fathers of the Church seated in the Second Vatican Council so desired. [Did you see that? A renewal not just of our worship but of the Church! This is EXACTLY what I have been talking about for years! The Holy Father’s “Marshall Plan” must begin with a revitalization of our worship. Not initiative of renewal can be successful without a revitalization of our worship. I think, and apparently Card. Ranjith thinks, that the Extraordinary Form, the Vetus Ordo, is a key o that renewal.]
The careful reading of the Conciliar Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilum shows that the rash changes introduced to the Liturgy later on, were never in the minds of the Fathers of the Council.
Hence the time has come for us to be courageous in working for a true reform of the reform and also a return to the true liturgy of the Church, which had developed over its bi-millenial history in a continuous flow. I wish and pray that, that would happen.
May God bless your efforts with success.
+Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith
Archbishop of Colombo
WDTPRS kudos to Cardinal Ranjith!