Monday, July 3
Today, the problems of the liturgy center around language (vernacular or Latin) and the position of the priest, whether he faces the assembly or faces God. I will surprise you here: nowhere in the conciliar decree does it say that the priest must face the assembly, nor that the use of Latin is forbidden! If the use of the common tongue is permitted, notably in the liturgy of the Word, the decree is very clear that the use of the Latin language should be maintained in the Latin rite. We are waiting for the pope to give us his guidelines on these subjects.
Why does this quote matter?
- It was spoken by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship
- This man is speaking with the Pope about the liturgical reforms that will be given in light of the Synod on the Eucharist from October.
I am told, in fact, that the document will be out reasonably soon. Now, that's in Roman time, so probably after August. But, I am told, reasonably soon.