CDWDS Sec. speaks of older Mass

There is a great article about His Excellency Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don, Secretary of the CDWDS.

Vatican liturgical official seeks recovery of the sacred

Here are some excerpts:

"But unfortunately," he said, "after the Council, certain changes were made rapidly, without reflection, in a burst of enthusiasm, in a rejection of some exaggerations of the past." The result, the archbishop said, was quite different from the Council’s intent.

Asked to provide some examples of the negative results, the Sri Lankan prelate listed "the abandonment of the sacred and the mystical," the confusion between the common priesthood of all the faithful and the ordained ministry, and the concept of the Eucharist as a common banquet rather than a representation of Christ’s Sacrifice.

Asked whether he was hinting at approval of the use of the old Missal of St. Pius V, the Sri Lankan archbishop said that the requests for the use of the pre-conciliar liturgy have become more common. But the question is in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news), he said. "The Pope knows all this," he said; "he knows the questions, he is very conscious of the situation, he is reflecting, and we are waiting for his indications."

Archbishop Patabendige Don addes that the use of the Tridentine rite "has never been abolished or banned." However, he said, because of the split in the Church caused by the traditionalist followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre, the old Mass "has taken a certain identity that is not right."

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  1. rudi says:

    Archbishop Patabendige Don addes that the use of the Tridentine rite “has never been abolished or banned.”

    Is this actually very important coming from him?
    Is this in anyway an official policy statement?

  2. Jeff says:

    Cardinal Ratzinger said the same thing on several occasions.

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