Sandro Magister at Chiesa is quite open about his strong support for Pope Benedict XVI in comparison to someone else you know of. In this week’s column he takes up liturgy under Pope Francis, under the heading “Three Reasons for Alarm.” (Here, scroll down.)
Magister’s three reasons for alarm are these:
1. The ban imposed on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate on celebrating Mass in the pre-Vatican II unreformed rite, although Benedict’s 2007 document Summorum Pontificum gave every priest the unrestricted right to do so.
2. Francis’s recent replacement of all five advisors to the office of papal celebrations with five liturgists of less traditionalist views. (Pray Tell reported here.) And here’s an interesting detail along the way: Francis does not genuflect during the Eucharistic Prayer, though it seems that he is able to kneel.
3. Francis’s blocking of the examination of the liturgical variations made in the Neocatechumenal communities that Benedict had undertaken.
Magister notes that the signals from Rome are mixed, and
there is in Bergoglio an oscillation in appointments, in actions, and in words that makes it difficult to interpret his decisions and even more to foresee his future moves.
But he says wryly of Pope Francis’ defense of the postconciliar liturgical reform “as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation”:
If Bergoglio were a pupil of professor Ratzinger, … he would see these lines of his marked with the red pen.