This is a all over the web already, and rightly so, since it’s a big story. Pope Francis has given a long interview to America magazine, filled with blunt statements. Most people will be interested, for good reason, in his belief that the Church can’t be “obsessed” with a few issues like abortion, gay marriage, and contraception, or his candid admission that he was too heavy-handed many years ago as a Jesuit superior, or his statement that “this church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people.”
Readers of this blog will be interested in what Francis said about liturgy:
Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture. Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity, but one thing is clear: the dynamic of reading the Gospel, actualizing its message for today—which was typical of Vatican II—is absolutely irreversible. Then there are particular issues, like the liturgy according to the Vetus Ordo [“old order”]. I think the decision of Pope Benedict [his decision of July 7, 2007, to allow a wider use of the Tridentine Mass] was prudent and motivated by the desire to help people who have this sensitivity. What is worrying, though, is the risk of the ideologization of the Vetus Ordo, its exploitation.
Discuss. Rita also posted on this. So let’s talk about liturgy here, everything else at her post.