I havn’t read the entire thing yet, but a few points stuck out. Think these are Benedict moving back to tradition? Looks like he is at least trying, though I had hoped he would be more forceful in delivering this message.
I desire, in accordance with the request advanced by the Synod Fathers, that Gregorian chant be suitably esteemed and employed (130) as the chant proper to the Roman liturgy (131).
He says this, but just prior he says that other traditions are praiseworthy. While this may be so, I think this statement will do little to stop a liberal liturgy. But, it may help those traditional priests who are being blocked by their Bishop.
Furthermore, I had hoped he would call for ad orientem, which I did not see.
Given the importance of the word of God, the quality of homilies needs to be improved.
Made me laugh.
Even so, during the Synod of Bishops there was discussion about the appropriateness of greater restraint in this gesture, which can be exaggerated and cause a certain distraction in the assembly just before the reception of Communion. It should be kept in mind that nothing is lost when the sign of peace is marked by a sobriety which preserves the proper spirit of the celebration, as, for example, when it is restricted to one’s immediate neighbours (150).
Yay! I hope they listen!
He had an entire section on Actuosa participatio which is a good read. A small quote:
Yet we must not overlook the fact that some misunderstanding has occasionally arisen concerning the precise meaning of this participation. It should be made clear that the word “participation” does not refer to mere external activity during the celebration.
The location of the tabernacle:
in churches which do not have a Blessed Sacrament chapel, and where the high altar with its tabernacle is still in place, it is appropriate to continue to use this structure for the reservation and adoration of the Eucharist, taking care not to place the celebrant’s chair in front of it. In new churches, it is good to position the Blessed Sacrament chapel close to the sanctuary; where this is not possible, it is preferable to locate the tabernacle in the sanctuary, in a sufficiently elevated place, at the centre of the apse area, or in another place where it will be equally conspicuous.
I was torn. A step in the right direction, but then he follows with:
In any event, final judgment on these matters belongs to the Diocesan Bishop.
Basicly, he gave them permission to blow him off on this one.
I dunno guys. Exciting, but not nearly as exciting as I had hoped. It is a move in the direction of tradition for sure, and I hope it just sets up this mystical motu proprio.
I read it quick, did I miss some good, traditional news in it?