Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sacrament of Charity

I've just started to read the pope's new document on the Eucharist: Sacrament of Charity.
It's a beautiful theology of the Eucharist. Pope Benedict took the results of the synod of bishops and has woven the themes into a wonderful summary of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist. The document is more like a theological reflection, with some pastoral applications. It's not a legislative type of document, so it doesn't focus on liturgical regulations.
He does speak of the importance of reverence for the Eucharist. He doesn't mention anything about the Tridentine Mass. As you may have heard, there was a lot of speculation before this document came out that he would authorize use of the Tridentine Mass in a more widespread way. I don't know where these rumors come from, but they seem to be just that--rumors!

This document will be a wonderful preparation for Holy Thursday.


Jeff Miller said...

I don't think this document was ever rumored to include a more wide spread indult for the Tridentine Mass.

That would be a separate Motu Proprio that is rumored to be the vehicle for this change.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I liked it too. I really love the way he talks about the Eucharist!