The liturgy continues to arouse lively interest in the Catholic Church. It has been discussed for decades with regard to the interpretation and translation of texts, and became a focus of attention with the publication of the third edition of the Roman Missal in the vernacular. Now Pope Francis, with the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes (“Guardians of Tradition”), has addressed it again in a very sensitive area.
To understand the new measure, one needs to take a look at the recent history of the Roman Missal with regard to pontifical concessions now revoked. Francis himself is our guide. He has explained in a letter the reasons that led him to pronounce on the use of a liturgical book that for more than thirty years has been in search of peace – in Latin one might say “quærens pacem” – a peace based on unity and intra-ecclesial harmony.
In the letter, Francis draws inspiration from his predecessor, who had also accompanied the legislation at the time with a similar letter, and addresses all the bishops “with trust and parrhesia.”