Benedict XVI and Tradition: An Analysis of His Approach to the Traditional Liturgy| National Catholic Register

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Father Claude Barthe, an expert author on traditional liturgy, reflects on the late pope’s motu proprio, ‘Summorum Pontificum’ calling the text ‘the most important of the pontificate.’

Pope Benedict XVI carriies an incense burner during Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Jan. 6, 2007.
Pope Benedict XVI carriies an incense burner during Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St.Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Jan. 6, 2007. (photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty)

Edward Pentin InterviewsJanuary 9, 2023

VATICAN CITY — One of Benedict XVI’s most controversial achievements was his liberalization of the ancient liturgy through his 2007 apostolic letter issued motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.

To understand its significance and Benedict’s approach to the liturgy in general, Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin interviewed Jan. 4 Father Claude Barthe, an expert author on the traditional liturgy and priest of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in France.

Father Barthe discusses the many fruits of Summorum Pontificum, Benedict’s reaction to Pope Francis’ efforts to restrict the traditional liturgy through his 2021 apostolic letter Traditionis Custodesand why Benedict never celebrated the traditional Latin Mass in public as pope.

Father Barthe, who is chaplain of the annual Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, also shares his views on what could happen now in this area now in a Church without Benedict’s contemplative presence.

Benedict XVI and Tradition: An Analysis of His Approach to the Traditional Liturgy| National Catholic Register

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