Pope Francis has again stirred up controversy by stating in an interview that he accepts the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. His surprising remarks will likely leave commentators wondering for some time just how strongly he accepts the decisions of the most recent ecumenical council of the Catholic Church.
In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis said that it is a “mistake to speak of a reform of the reform [of the liturgy].” He said that his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, made a correct and generous gesture in readmitting the pre-Vatican II Mass without restrictions. This was “to reach out to the certain mentality of various groups and individual persons who are nostalgic and had distanced themselves.”
But this liturgy remains the exception. “Thus we indeed speak of the extraordinary form of the rite. It is not the ordinary form,” he said.