I urge interested readers to check out a “position paper” by the chairman of the Latin Mass Society in England, Mr. Joseph Shaw. He talks in brief here about his paper, which was posted in full by our friends over at Rorate.
Those of you who are not familiar with the issue of Prefaces in the Roman Rite, and whether or not newer Prefaces should be incorporated into the Extraordinary Form will benefit from this informative piece.
Here is how Mr. Shaw wraps up his description of his “position paper”.
The Position Paper ends with a plea for a period of liturgical stability. Traditionalists don’t deny the reality of organic development in the liturgy: the 1962 Missal is the result of such development. Indeed it is the Bugnini-like denial of the validity of development for the last nine centuries which is the real enemy of organic development. But this moment in the history of the liturgy is not ripe for the introduction of new Prefaces. We have just come through an exceptional period of liturgical turmoil. The Extraordinary Form is spreading rapidly among priests and laity, who need time to absorb it as it is. In the words of Sacrosanctum Concilium, does ‘the good of the Church genuinely and certainly require’ new Prefaces in the EF? It seems to us that it does not.
We should know our liturgical worship in both forms. So, even if you don’t regularly attend the Extraordinary Form, you should give this paper some time.
As an adjunct to what might happen in the combox at Rorate here is a WDTPRS poll.