With the new translation of the Roman Missal now a done deal, and with a start date on the horizon, I have a question regarding the promulgation of the original Missal of Paul VI.
The document issued by Cardinal George and the USCCB states that ***“The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America.” ***
My understanding of this is that from 11/27/11, the only Missal of the OF will be the 3rd edition, and that all other editions are “abrogated”, much like the 1917 Code of Canon Law was when the 1983 CCC was promulgated.
I often hear many of the people in my community, and here at CAF, who prefer the EF talk about the 1962 Missal and that it was actually never “abrogated” and that the “Mass of the Ages” was “suppressed” by those who wanted to make the Church more “Protestant”, etc, etc, etc. We all know the arguments.
Now, I understand that the Holy Father has lifted restrictions that had been placed on the EF, and I have no problem with that. The EF is not my first choice for worship and I have no problem with anyone who prefers it, unless that person calls into question my level of “Catholicity” because I prefer the OF.
So, my question is, wasn’t it the same when the Missal of Paul the VI was promulgated in 1969?
Would not the “novus ordo”, in essence, replace the older one, much like the 3rd edition is replacing what we use now? And if this is correct, how could anyone believe that the EF was “suppressed” for the malicious reasons that I so often here from the more traditionally- minded people that I come in contact with?
Please note, I am not trying to start another OF vs. EF debate.
I am really curious about this. I know a lot of people, priests and deacons included, that do not like that changes being made to the Roman Missal, and are very vocal about it, and am wondering if the Church (at least here in the US) is going to see the same type division with this “novus ordo” that it saw with the last one?