On Saturday 17 November Pope Benedict granted an audience to French bishops during their ad limina visit. The Holy Father addressed them about, inter alia, liturgy.
[…] As the Council recalls, the Church’s liturgical action is also a part of her contribution to the work of civilizing (cf. Gaudium et spes 58, 4). [Save The Liturgy, Save The World… right? What we do in our churches has a far wider, much deeper effect on the world around us than is immediately apparent.] The liturgy is indeed the celebration of the central event of human history, [Since that is so, if we screw up our liturgical worship of God, what we owe to God by the virtue of Religion, then the hierarchy of our loves and relationships will be screwed up to.] the Christ’s redemptive Sacrifice. By it, it (the event) witnesses to the love by which God loves humanity, it gives witness that the life of man has a meaning and that he is called by his vocation to participate in the glorious life of the Trinity. Humanity needs this witness. It needs to perceive, through liturgical celebrations, the consciousness the Church has of God’s lordship and man’s dignity. [This is why we must Say The Black and Do The Red. If we continually bring the profane into what ought to be a “sacred action”, the watching world will see that we are not serious, that we have caved into the “prince of this world”.] It has the right to be able to discern, beyond the limits which will always characterize her rites and ceremonies, that Christ “is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister” (cf Sacrosanctum Concilium 7). Aware of the concern which you have surrounding your liturgical celebrations, I encourage you to cultivate the art of celebration, [ars celebrandi … for more on this see his post-synodal Exhortation Sacramentum caritatis.] to help your priests in this sense, and to work without ceasing in the liturgical formation of seminarians and faithful. [Is this where I insert SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM?!?]Respect for the established norms expresses love and fidelity to the Church’s faith, [We say the black and do the red from LOVE.] to the treasure of grace that she guards and passes on; the beauty of the celebrations, much more than innovations and subjective adaptations, [abuses] is what makes the work of evangelization lasting and efficacious. [This isn’t rocket science. A renewal of our liturgical worship is central to a New Evangelization.]
Your big concern today is for the transmission of the faith to younger generations. …
Pope Benedict has what I call a “Marshall Plan” for the Church.
The West is losing its soul because Christianity – Catholicism in particular – is not being lived by the mature or passed on to the young in a clear form. After WWII the US helped to rebuild Europe through the Marshall Plan to create good trading partners and to serve as a bulwark against Communism. In Pope Benedict’s “Marshall Plan” he hopes that we can build up Catholic identity after the ecclesial devastation resulting for various reasons since the Second Vatican Council. We need a stronger Catholic identity for the sake of souls and to help create a bulwark against secularism and the soul annihilating dictatorship of relativism.
Summorum Pontificum is key to the New Evangelization.