Saturday, December 16, 2017
IN THE NEXT PAPACY WILL THERE BE HOPE FOR THE FOLLOWING?
While Pope Francis hasn't undone the direction of the refinement of the Ordinary Form of the Mass completely, only taken a detour that another pope could merge back into the direction of renewal that Pope Benedict initiated, what would that merge look like when a new pope initiates it?
1. A return to the best of the beauty of vesture for the liturgy, not the bland look of the 1970's
2. A return to kneeling for Holy Communion
3. A return to ad orientem
If no other restorations take place but these three things for the Ordinary Form of the Mass, which are not in fact forbidden unless the local bishop forbids it, we could easily recovery the renewal that Pope Benedict desired for the Mass.
Of course, ultimately the template of the Ordinariate's Divine Worship, the Missal is the path for the future and I would say the near future.
The status quo of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass remains under the current pontificate and with the Ordinary Form's spirituality, reverence and devotion brought closer to it, we could see a pleasant unity between the two without sacrificing the good in both.