Francis "glides over the reality that the liturgy as it is experienced by most Catholics today is far removed from the actual guidelines set forth in that document."

The Pope’s liturgical non sequitur

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 29, 2022 In a pontificate marked by puzzling statements, Desiderio Desideravi, the apostolic lett…
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"In a pontificate marked by puzzling statements, Desiderio Desideravi, the apostolic letter on the Eucharistic liturgy released on June 29, is one of the most curious documents yet. After opening with a series of meditations on the incomparable beauty of the Eucharist, and the centrality of the liturgy to the life of faith, Pope Francis then commits a howling non sequitur, asserting—without …More
"In a pontificate marked by puzzling statements, Desiderio Desideravi, the apostolic letter on the Eucharistic liturgy released on June 29, is one of the most curious documents yet. After opening with a series of meditations on the incomparable beauty of the Eucharist, and the centrality of the liturgy to the life of faith, Pope Francis then commits a howling non sequitur, asserting—without evidence or explanation—that the liturgical changes introduced after Vatican II can alone revive the proper understanding of the Mass.

“Let us safeguard our communion,” the Pope writes in his conclusion. “Let us continue to be astonished at the beauty of the Liturgy.” No believing Catholic could possibly dissent from those aims. But nothing in this apostolic letter explains why the Pontiff believes that he advanced those aims by curbing the use of the traditional Latin liturgy.

Traditionalist Catholics are understandably dismayed by the latest papal document, because it reinforces the stern prohibitions of Traditionis Custodes. But they could turn much of the papal argument to their own advantage. If the goal is to accentuate the beauty of the liturgy and restore an awe-inspired reverence for the Eucharist—a goal that Desiderio Desideravi sets forth with admirable clarity and vigor—surely the traditional liturgy compares favorably with the Novus Ordo."