Card. Sarah’s latest interview includes comments on liturgy and Latin and Tradition, Benedict XVI, the Synod, and Vatican II

Do you read French?  If not, use some online translation option and read the interview the great Robert Card. Sarah did at  HERE

The interviewer kept coming back around to questions about liturgy and Latin and tradition.  The Cardinals answers are worth pondering.

Just few tastes… I don’t have time to translate it all:


Walking together is the definition of the word synod.

No. What matters is not the walk, but the search for the truth. Truth does not arise from consensus, it precedes us. If we dialogue, if we meet, it is because we seek together the truth that sets one free. Each comes with his vision, his ideas. But if I’m being honest, I have to admit that my vision is incomplete and be prepared to embrace the other’s more complete and true vision.
If we look at what is happening on the German synodal path, I don’t know where it will lead us. Towards a total reinvention of the Church? We will take what everyone says to establish a consensus. But the truth of the Church is ahead of us. It cannot be made by us.


Respect for the liturgical form is therefore central for faith.

I am in awe of other religions. Muslims, Buddhists, all pray the same way. I don’t understand why we Christians are fighting over these issues. Faith is a gift from God. We waste too much energy in unnecessary liturgical conflicts.


You don’t want a lukewarm Church.

The Church must speak a precise clear language that speaks doctrine and morals. Many bishops are silent or say vague things for fear of the media and negative reactions. We must ask the grace of God to increase our faith and to grow in his love. We don’t pray enough.

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  2. Senor Quixana says:

    The snippet regarding liturgy seems somewhat out of character for someone generally friendly to the traditionalist community. Were we Romans to pick one way of doing things the way preferred here would surely be abolished, used by special permission, barely more often than an exorcism in these USA. I will read the longer form version for context, but the plain reading of this brief quote is that faith is central and form should be uniform but seems to be a matter of the collective taste of the community. At this moment in time, it sounds like support for a Novus Ordo only way of doing things.

  3. Pumpkin Eater says:

    Hear! Hear! Dialogue Mass. Readings in common local language(s). Optional Latin Confiteor, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Domine non sum dignus and optional Greek Kyrie. Orientation also optional as long as everything is totally audible to those in the back pews.

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  5. idelsan says:

    Sorry señor Quixana, but if you read the whole thing (or if you know how the cardinal thinks from some of his writings) you shall see that he does not mean that at all.

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