Thursday, April 27, 2006

Communion in Time

"Tradition is the organic continuity of the Church," said Pope Benedict XVI today.

"[T]he experience of the Risen One," he said, can "be lived by successive generations, in the measure that it is transmitted and actualized in faith, in worship and in the communion of the People of God".

"And this communion, which we call Church, does not extend only to all believers of a certain historical moment," say, 1969.

Benedict spoke also of the guarantee of the Holy Spirit to the Church but made it clear that the Faith "is transmitted and lived through worship" among other things.

While he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict wrote that "[w]hat happened after the Council was something else entirely: in the place of the liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries, and replaced it, as in a manufacturing process, with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product".

To summarize then:

The experience of Christ can "be lived by successive generations" to the degree "that it is transmitted to them". The Liturgy is a means of this transmission.

Given that "Tradition is the organic continuity of the Church," but that the new liturgy constitutes, in Ratzinger's opinion, the abandonment of that organic process,

If perchance we see a generation that fails to "live the encounter with the Risen One," must we not at least examine the possibility that that there's trouble with the means of transmission, a break somewhere in that wire of tradition?

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