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August 2012 Father Peter’s Page

The next renewal... “LEX ORANDI . . . LEX CREDENDI” (‘the word prayed is the word believed’) has long been a maxim of those involved in spreading and sustaining the Catholic faith.

Within the Anglo-Catholic Movement of

Anglicanism in the past, it was one, if not THE ONE aspect of Mission which was considered fundamental. Te

formularies of Prayer Books were open to

(mis-)interpretation, and many phrases used in her Liturgy were treated ambiguously, oſten been open to contrasting understanding. To ensure that the true meaning of the Liturgy was conveyed, the way it was celebrated became fundamental.

Parish since it was via this – rather than intellectual exposition – that


Good Liturgy became a bye-word of many a Mission the fundamental Catholic

were proclaimed. “Te Mass is Mission” is/was more than a slogan: it was a crucial factor in the conversion of souls. Tose who ensured that ‘the best’ – be it in music, vestment or ceremonial – was the minimum that God & the Gospel required, were not obscurantist’s or perfectionists for false reasons, but because Salvation demanded it!

Expose a paradox When historians come to reflect on the 20th


of Liturgical Renewal, I am sure they will expose a paradox: that just at the moment – aſter many an historic battle – that Anglicans throughout the world were achieving in Liturgy what their forefathers had yearned for so much, was the very time that heterodoxy became normative! Such developments can be seen clearly in both the United States and in England. Te ‘70s & ‘80s were times of great achievements in the Liturgy: “getting the rite, right!”. But, only to see it evaporate within a generation.

Gains reversed Within a decade, the gains of liturgical renewal had

been reversed: Crucial wording was eliminated and/or diluted; Tere were clear attempts to ‘remove’ specific references to the reality of the Eucharistic species with words of a ‘receptionist’ hue; Te removal of patent Sacrificial language: All this was done by people, who in a contradictory way, understood the importance of liturgy – something which had once been the preserve of Catholics - and ensured that ‘Protestantism’ and/or ‘Liberalism’

emphasis ruled the day: especially in Eucharistic Liturgy. With the clear teaching of Te Catechism of the Catholic Faith, and the improved new translation of the Missal we have the equipment to emphasise truths that have oſten gone stale or been forgotten.

“Losses and absence” Pope Benedict XVI in a recent address, whilst

recognising what had been gained by liturgical renewal in the last 40 years, spoke of the “losses and absence” that he sensed had occurred. Although the new rite had clearly created a deeper sense of ‘community’, and has increased the proper understanding of “the local church”, this has sometimes been at the cost of “a loss of the transcendence”, and a true understanding of the Catholic Church in terms of “the Universal Church”.

“Consta Reformanda” is a ‘Catholic’ Term: not a

Protestant one! Te Church – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – must be forever ‘renewing’ itself in faithfulness to Revelation and Te Tradition. No more is this so, than in the celebration of its Liturgy.

Fr. Harry Entwistle Fr. Harry Entwistle, the new Ordinary of Te Personal

Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in

Australia, in a recent talk in Melbourne [read it at: www.] surely was making an important point, which all of us – whether in Te Ordinariate or not – should take to heart: “Te Ordinariate is not an Anglican Preservation

Society, living in some imagined golden age. It is a non-geographical diocese within the Western Catholic Church, committed to proclaim the gospel and be evangelistic. We will have our liturgy that reflects our English tradition, but it is not an end in itself. It reflects what we believe and pray, and its language will be of our tradition.”

Maybe, one of the prophetic roles of Te Ordinariate

is to fulfil Pope Benedict XVI hopes and be an exemplar of what true renewal of the Liturgy is all about!

Father Peter

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