EDITOR’S NOTE: The Holy See recently clarified that the use of “Extraordinary Form” here is a proofreader’s mistake and it will be corrected (deleted).
Today, the ninth anniversary of the start of his Pontificate, Pope Francis released the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium (“Preach the Gospel”).
So far it is only available in Italian. I gave a quick look at the section on the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Apart from the tweak in the name (the departments of the Curia are all now called “Dicasteries”), I didn’t notice much change. Article 88 starts the section clearly stating that “the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments promotes the sacred liturgy according to the renewal undertaken by the Second Vatican Council.”
The only other noteworthy point that struck me in my first reading is that the name of “Extraordinary Form” seems to be back. Thus solving the linguistic quandary as to how we should refer to the celebrations of the Eucharist according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope John XXIII. Article 93 says “The Dicastery deals with the regulation and discipline of the sacred liturgy as regards the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.” While there is a lot that could be said about the merits of this term, at least it gives us a common vocabulary for these debates.
Photo Credit: Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Oxford by catholicrelics.co.uk on Flickr