RORATE CÆLI: “The Old Mass is Good for Catholic Social Teaching”—Article by Stefano Fontana

Francis’s motu proprio Traditionis custodes has many aspects that can be considered imprudent. Some are still emerging, others will only become clear with time. Meanwhile, I would like to point out one that relates to Catholic Social Teaching. When Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, he reaffirmed the ancient rite of Mass as an expression, albeit extraordinary, of the one lex orandi of the Roman Church. Many people who are active in the realm of Catholic Social Teaching were pleased, including many who have continued to attend the Mass of the Novus Ordo Mass even after Summorum pontificum. While faithful to the Mass of Paul VI, they are grateful to Benedict XVI. Why? Because they know that the liturgy is related to the Church’s social doctrine, given that nothing in the life of the Church or of the Christian is alien to the liturgy. That is the meaning of the motto lex orandi – lex credendi means, after all.

RORATE CÆLI: “The Old Mass is Good for Catholic Social Teaching”—Article by Stefano Fontana

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