Saturday, November 17, 2007

Archbishop Ranjith on Motu Proprio

~excerpt from an interview with Archbishop Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, to Fides, the official news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. From Rorate Cæli
Your Excellency, what is in your opinion the deep significance of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum?

I see in this decision not only the solicitude of the Holy Father to open the road for the reentry into the full communion of the Church of the followers of Archbishop Lefebvre, but also a sign for all the Church on some theological-disciplinary principles [which must] be safeguarded for its deep renewal, so much desired by the Council.

It seems to me that there is a strong desire by the Pope to correct those temptations [which are] visible in some circles which see the Council as a moment of rupture with the past and of a new beginning. It is enough to recall his speech to the Roman Curia on December 22, 2005.

Nevertheless, not even the Council itself thought in such terms. Both in its doctrinal and in itsjuridical-pastoral choices, the Council was another moment of development and aggiornamento of the rich theological-spiritual heritage of the Church in its bimillenial history. The Pope intends to clearly affirm, with his motu proprio, that every temptation of disregard for these venerable traditions is out of place. The message is clear: yes to progress, but not at the expense of history or without it. Even liturgical reform must be faithful to all that has happened from the beginning up to now, without exclusions.

On the other hand, we must never forget that for the Catholic Church, Divine Revelation is not something which comes solely from Sacred Scripture, but also from the living Tradition of the Church. This faith is clearly distinct from other manifestations of the Christian faith. Truth for us is what emerges, as it were, from both these poles, that is Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

This position is to me quite richer than others because it respects the liberty of the Lord to guide us to a more adequate understanding of revealed truth, even through what may take place in the future. Naturally, the process of discernment of what may come will be effected through the Magisterium of the Church. But what we must grasp is the importance which is attributed to Tradition. The Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum stated this truth clearly (DV 10).
Read the entire text of the interview translated by Papa Ratzinger Forum

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