A clarification on seeking orthodoxy within the two forms of the Roman Liturgy, ordinaria and extraordinaria

Received a fraternal correction today on Facebook concerning the orthodoxy we seek within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass… First, my comment on the release of INSTRUCTION ON THE APPLICATION OF THE APOSTOLIC LETTER SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM :

“It’s about time, it’s about space, it’s about orthodoxy taking its rightful place…”

The correction came…

The absence of a Mass in the Extraordinary Form is not an indication of a lack of orthodoxy. Indeed, the Holy See’s instruction itself says: “6. The Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI and the last edition prepared under Pope John XXIII, are two forms of the Roman Liturgy, defined respectively as ordinaria and extraordinaria: they are two usages of the one Roman Rite, one alongside the other. Both are the expression of the same lex orandi of the Church.”.

I couldn’t agree and support this statement more. It’s a teaching of the Church.. However, I could supply ample proof(s), from this blog alone, of disobedience to mass norms and resulting unorthodox liturgical practices played out within the Mass. The crisis of disobedience and irreverence seemingly ever-present within the Church in our days is exemplified here, and like many I’m just simply tired of abuses found within the Mass. Not to mention having to sit through Protestant-nized masses offering us musical treats similar to the following…  

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One thought on “A clarification on seeking orthodoxy within the two forms of the Roman Liturgy, ordinaria and extraordinaria”

  1. It the Archdiocese of San San Francisco there are widespread b failures of priests to faithfully follow the Lectionary as required by Canon Law. I have written to Archbishop Niederaur abput this and received no response.
    Canon 846 of the Code of Canon Law states :The liturgical books approved by the competent authority are to be faithfully observed in the celebration of the sacraments; therefore no one on personal authority may add, remove or change anything in them

    Number 22 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states:
    Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop.
    In virtue of power conceded by the law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of competent territorial bodies of bishops legitimately established.
    Therefore, absolutely no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.
    Therefore, no one may change any approved and confirmed liturgical text. This includes, but is not limited to the “Lectionary for Mass” and the “Sacramentary.”

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