Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Why Archbishop Ranjith will definitely become a cardinal in the next consistory
I took some excerpts from the circular of Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith declaring the Year of the Eucharist for his Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
"I appeal to all rectors of seminaries, administrators of archdiocesan shrines, superiors of institutions and directors of archdiocesan apostolates to very specially cooperate in this effort. While not exempting others, in such places we cannot tolerate liturgical errors." [Do we see this done in the Philippines? Yes for one diocese, Lingayen-Dagupan. Remember this post where Archbishop Soc Villegas reminds his priests about the Eucharist and faithfully celebrating, according to the norms and rubrics, the Holy Sacrifice?]
"An effort will be made to make common Latin chants popular during this year. With this aim in mind the Archdiocesan Coordinator for Liturgy, together with Mr Francis D’ Almeida will be organising sessions of practice in all 15 deaneries and teach all choirs some basic Latin chants which could be used in parishes and institutions. Once these practice sessions take place parishes may sing at least the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei at parish Sunday Masses on the first Sunday of the month. No. 36 of the Constitution on the Sacred liturgy clearly sets forth the principles in this regard. Latin still remains the main liturgical language of the Church. In Sri Lanka we made a mistake in abandoning the language of our worship altogether." [But our dear liturgical "experts" here in CBCP do not even encourage Latin chants. When was the last time you attended a Mass with Latin chants? Go to Baclaran Church for the weekly Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Hold your breath when you hear how Tantum Ergo was translated from Latin to English. Martin Luther would have danced his liturgical jig in joy!]
I also wish to affirm that as indicated in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of 7th July 2007 priests and institutions are now permitted to celebrate, where it is appropriate, the Tridentine Mass and the Sacraments in that rite. In this case it is best that the faithful be prepared for it beforehand. Priests may take the initiative themselves to implement in their parishes. I myself hope to celebrate a solemn Eucharist in that rite sometime in the near future at the Archdiocesan Cathedral. [Remember how Cardinal Rosales brazenly defied the Holy Father and issued restrictions against the implementation of the Motu Propio putting himself over the Holy Father?]
These are the reasons why Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith will become cardinal in the next consistory.
And that is also why I do not expect a Filipino become a cardinal in the next consistory.
Watch out for the sell-out senator Joker Arroyo throw a nutty for a Filipino less consistory.