by Diane Taylor
Ecclesia Dei Society New Zealand (EDSNZ) appreciates the recent article (NZ Catholic June 15-28) regarding EDSNZ’s presentation to the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC).
Pope Benedict spoke highly of tradition and traditionalists. Regarding the 1962 liturgy, he said: “I know well the sensibilities of those faithful who love this liturgy — these are, to some extent, my own sensibilities.”
Confusion, misrepresentation, misunderstanding and myths still abound worldwide regarding everything surrounding this Mass named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Extraordinary Form.
By engaging in well-informed dialogue, EDSNZ believes progress can be made.
Since the promulgation of Pope Benedict’s decree Summorum Pontificium (2007) and the follow-up instruction, Universae Ecclesiae (2011), seeking access to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was ratified. Therefore all those desiring to worship according to the sole missal universally in use until 1969-70 no longer should be denigrated.
In their presentation, EDSNZ sought to emphasise the roles played by Popes St John Paul II and Benedict XVI in promoting the 1962 Missal. The history of this promotion needs to be explored more widely in New Zealand than has been the case. Actions were taken to ensure
preservation of the “hermeneutic of continuity” quoted so many times by Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2008, Cardinal Hoyos explained: “It is important to understand that Summorum Pontificium establishes a new juridical reality in the Church. It gives rights to the ordinary faithful and to priests which must be respected by those in authority.
“The Holy Father is aware that in different places around the world many requests from priests and lay faithful who desired to celebrate according to the ancient rites were often not acted upon.
That is why he has now authoritatively established that to celebrate according to the more ancient form of the liturgy — the holy sacrifice of the Mass as well the sacraments and other liturgical rites — is a juridical right, and not just a privilege accorded to all.”
EDSNZ applauds the NZCBC’s reference to “the all-important obligation on Catholics … to deepen their understanding of the Church’s teaching regarding liturgy”.
We would suggest ongoing liturgy education necessarily includes studying the [relevant] Vatican documents.
Diane Taylor, M.Phil History, is the secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Society NZ.
by Diane Taylor