Friday, January 08, 2010

Benedict XVI's "Novel" Traditions

Interview With Consultor for Pontifical Liturgies

ROME, JAN. 8, 2010 ( Attentive viewers have seen a series of subtle changes in papal liturgies during the five years of Benedict XVI's pontificate.

Father Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, says these changes are inspired by a mix of factors -- oftentimes practicality, sometimes a renewal of ancient traditions.

ZENIT spoke with Father Gagliardi about some of the "new" elements introduced by the current Bishop of Rome.

ZENIT: In a recent article by Luigi Accattoli, "Il rito del silenzio secondo papa Ratzinger" (The Rite of Silence According to Pope Ratzinger) (Liberal, Dec. 1, 2009, p. 10), there emerges the idea of a certain effort, solicited by the Holy Father himself, to bring the papal liturgy more in line with tradition.

Father Gagliardi: Accattoli's article presents a nice overview of some of the more visible changes in recent decisions regarding the pontifical liturgy, even if [he leaves out] others, which were probably not mentioned for the sake of brevity or because they are more difficult for the general public to grasp. This well known and esteemed Vaticanista often repeats that these changes are more or less inspired by the Holy Father himself, who, as everyone knows, is an expert in the liturgy.


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