["If it ain't broke, let's break it!" or "1965 et seq. deja vu?"]
Revised Traditional Missal Planned for Next Summer in Rome?
This is a translation from the usually well-informed German summorumpontificum.de, who says that their own well-informed source has some information about the new Missal, which was coupled with their announcement of the good news of the formal recognition of Papa Stronsay at the Diocese of Aberdeen in Scottland.
The less good news is that the work on “a new edition of the Old Missal” has so far progressed enough that it will be published next summer so that it can be used in 2013. The key points of alteration:
- Allowance of the usage of new prefaces for all feasts, which correspond to the Novus Ordo prefaces;
- General allowance of the Traditional Mass to be celebrated “versus populum”;
- Permission to say the Liturgy of the Word in the language of the people [which facilitates the use of the Cramner table];
The desire for “liturgical engineering” in the appropriate Vatican authorities therefore seems unchanged — at least in so far as it relates to a direction “away from Tradition”.