Sunday, February 11, 2007

Criticism of the Novus Ordo

Can we criticise the Novus Ordo? The following letter to the Catholic Herald illuminates this question.


Bishop Lindsay calls the description of the Novus Ordo by Fr Gary Dickson as "a new rite manufactured by a committee" as "nothing less than gross irreverence". I wonder what he would make of its description by another priest as "fabricated liturgy...a banal on-the-spot product".
Who was this priest who dared so to categorise the new liturgy? None other than Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now better known as Pope Benedict XVI.

Yours faithfully,

Philip Goddard.'

The quotation from the Holy Father is taken from his excellent book 'The Spirit of the Liturgy'.

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