Pope Francis' puppet Mass and Tango Mass

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Published on Aug 28, 2017

ROME, August 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Pope Francis invoked “magisterial authority” this week to declare that Vatican II liturgical reforms are “irreversible.”

Speaking to participants at the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week in Rome, Francis said that after the “long journey” of Vatican II’s liturgical reforms beginning five decades ago, “we can state with confidence and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.”

Among liturgists, there is a discussion as to what exactly the Pope is meaning by his comments. The remarks, however, are very similar to those he made in 2015 while celebrating a Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first non-Latin Mass. His sentiment against the Traditional Latin Mass, moreover, has become well known since his derision of youth who prefer the old Mass.

Speaking of having the mass in the vernacular (local language) he said in 2015, “It was, in fact, a courageous gesture of the Church to draw close to the People of God, so that they could understand well what she does, and this is important for us, to follow the Mass in this way. And we cannot go back; we must always go forward, always forward and whoever goes back is mistaken.”

Similarly, in a 2014 interview, the Pope said Vatican II's major liturgical changes "should carry on as they are." "To speak of the 'reform of the reform' is a mistake," he said.

It remains unclear what precise “irreversible” liturgical reform Pope Francis is alluding to.

Prior to Cardinal Bergoglio becoming Pope, video footage was captured of him in Argentina celebrating liturgies that contain innovations such as giant puppets in one, and a tango dance in the sanctuary after the liturgy’s conclusion in another. Despite these Masses which he celebrated prior to his pontificate, it is unclear to what extent Pope Francis approves of such innovations.

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