In this lesson, we contemplate the Dedication of St. John Lateran by studying the Sacred Scriptures and the teachings of the Church on Sacred Spaces and on the Placement of the Tabernacle. The writings of Pope Benedict XVI form a core to this lesson.
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For our study and celebration of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, we focus in this lesson on Sacred Spaces and the need for certain spaces to be consecrated (i.e. set aside solely for the worship of God). In this lesson, we turn to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and study his timeless teachings—of which there are many—on this most essential topic.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger from 1977:
In this confusing situation, which had become possible by the failure to produce unified liturgical legislation and by the existing liturgical pluralism inherited from the Middle Ages, the pope decided that now the Missale Romanum—the missal of the city of Rome—was to be introduced as reliably Catholic in every place that could not demonstrate its liturgy to be at least two hundred years old. Wherever the existing liturgy was that old, it could be preserved because its Catholic character would then be assured. In this case we cannot speak of the prohibition of a previous missal that had formerly been approved as valid. The prohibition of the missal that was now decreed, a missal that had known continuous growth over the centuries, starting with the sacramentaries of the ancient Church, introduced a breach into the history of the liturgy whose consequences could only be tragic. It was reasonable and right of the Council to order a revision of the missal such as had often taken place before and which this time had to be more thorough than before, above all because of the introduction of the vernacular.
But more than this now happened: the old building was demolished, and another was built, to be sure largely using materials from the previous one and even using the old building plans. There is no doubt that this new missal in many respects brought with it a real improvement and enrichment; but setting it as a new construction over against what had grown historically, forbidding the results of this historical growth, thereby makes the liturgy appear to be no longer a living development but the product of erudite work and juridical authority; this has caused us enormous harm. For then the impression had to emerge that liturgy is something “made,” not something given in advance but something lying within our own power of decision. From this it also follows that we are not to recognise the scholars and the central authority alone as decision makers, but that in the end each and every “community” must provide itself w... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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