Saturday, May 14, 2011

Vatican: 1962 Liturgy Needs "Appropriate Honor"

ZE11051311 - 2011-05-13

Vatican: 1962 Liturgy Needs "Appropriate Honor"
New Document Clarifies Pope's Expansion of Extraordinary Form

VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Almost four years after Benedict XVI's "Summorum Pontificum" expanded use of the 1962 Missal, clarifications on its use were released today by the Vatican.

The July 7, 2007, document on the "extraordinary form" of the Roman Rite made the liturgy used before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council more accessible to the universal Church.
The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei clarified "Summorum Pontificum" today with "Universae Ecclesiae." Jesuit Father Federico, director of the Vatican press office, also released a statement about the new document. "Universae Ecclesiae" carries the signature of the Ecclesia Dei president, Cardinal William Levada.

"Universae Ecclesiae" reiterates what the Pope said in 2007: "There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the Liturgy growth and progress are found, but not a rupture."

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