Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Liturgical Progress

From California Catholic Daily:

Vatican City (CNA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has made a low profile but significant move in the direction of liturgical reform by completely changing his liturgical consultants.

A hardly noticed brief note from the Vatican Press Office on Sept. 24 announced the appointment of new consultants for the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. It did not mention, however, the importance of the new appointees.

I don't know most of the names of the new consultors, but one stands out to me, even here in the liturgical wilderness: Fr Uwe Michael Lang, C.O. This addition alone is outstanding. The fact that he is a member of the London Oratory should be recommendation enough. But sSee his article here in Rorate Cæli on Latin in the liturgy. Or his book on celebrating ad orientem, "Turning towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer". You can read part of the preface to it on line here.

But that's not all the good news. The California Catholic Daily article ends with this:

Also relevant to the appointments is the fact that all former consultants, appointed when Archbishop Piero Marini led the office of Liturgical Celebrations, have been dismissed since their appointments were not renewed.

The rest is here.