The Tablet of @BrooklynDiocese on Benedict XVI’s legacy: a glaring omission

At the website of the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn there is an editorial dated 2 March about the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.  HERE

While the editorial is positive and has some good points there is a glaring omission.

The editorial mentions many of the documents and deeds of Pope Benedict, it ignored perhaps his most important and most lasting accomplishment:

Summorum Pontificum

This 2007 Motu Proprio is the clearly one of the most important things Pope Benedict did during his too short pontificate.

Revitalization of our sacred liturgy is slowly taking place, especially through younger clergy and seminarians (future priests), by what I call the “gravitational pull” created by use of the traditional forms.  The number of places where the traditional Roman Rite is use are growing.  The number of priests and people involved is growing.  I don’t think we can say that the same sort, the same kind of growth is happening with the post-Conciliar form.


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  1. MattH says:

    Anglicanorum Coetibus is also absent from the list, but I appreciated their emphasis on the fact that Pope Benedict’s writings are full of wonderful fusions of faith and clarity.

  2. Suburbanbanshee says:

    I love Pope Benedict XVI’s writings, but there is no question that “Anglicanorum Coetibus” was his most important historic act, while “Summorum Pontificum” was close behind it. [You are almost right. Summorum Pontificum was more important, but you are correct to bring in Anglicanorum coetibus.] How can people just forget? It’s like saying, “Yeah, that Lincoln guy made awesome jokes and some good speeches,” while forgetting all about the Emancipation Proclamation. (Or for those who don’t like Lincoln, it would be like an obituary talking only about George Washington’s military career while ignoring the whole “first US president” thing.)

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