Der Ausserordentliche Gebrauch der Alten form des Römischen Ritus Kirchenrecthlichen Skizzen zum Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum Vom 07.07.2007 by Martin Rehak (review)
- The Jurist: Studies in Church Law and Ministry
- The Catholic University of America Press
- Volume 71, Number 2, 2011
- pp. 467-468
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DER AUSSERORDENTLICHE GEBRAUCH DER ALTEN FORM DES RÖMISCHEN RITUS KIRCHENRECTHLICHEN SKIZZEN ZUM MOTU PROPRIO SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM VOM 07.07.2007 (Münchener Theologische Studien, III. Kanonistische Abteilung, vol. 64). Martin Rehak. St. Ottilien: EOS Verlag, 2009. Pp.183. EUR 34,80 Pope Benedict XVI begins the motu proprio Summorum pontificum with motives for promulgating norms on the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. He indicates that the concern of the Supreme Pontiffs has been for a worthy worship to ensure that the Church of Christ offers a fitting rite to the Divine Majesty since the Church’s lex orandi corresponds to its lex credendi. The present study is the revised dissertation which the author had written to obtain the licentiate in canon law at the KatholischTheologische Fakultät of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 2009. The author offers a commentary on the motu proprio with the intention that the text, understood according to the mind of the supreme Legislator, should be received by the Church as the legal community . Methodologically, the rules of the CIC are to be applied to interpret Summorum pontificum. This study begins with a preface, a list of abbreviations, and a list of sources and literature. Then, the author devotes three chapters to the main themes of Summorum pontificum. In chapter one the author describes the theme of his work and the approach of his investigation. He examines the document in the context of theological questions: Is there a new theology due to the development of our understanding of the Mass? Is a liturgical reform needed? What is the concern of the popes? How do the lex orandi and the lex credendi correspond to each other? Finally, he describes the hermeneutic of continuity: there is growth and progress of the liturgy, but no rupture. Chapter two analyzes the motu proprio itself. After a general description and some critical observations on the structure of the document, the author describes in order the twelve articles of Summorum pontificum. He explains the general intention of each norm, certain important aspects of each norm, and key words used throughout the motu proprio. His starting point is the Latin text in the light of which he offers interpretations. Chapter three is a conclusion which offers also an outlook on the effects of Summorum pontificum on the liturgy. The text of the motu proprio itself is appended to the study. book reviews 467 468 the jurist This book contains much valuable information and wisdom—canonical , theological and historical—on the extraordinary form of the Roman Missal. The text is presented in a scientific manner with extensive footnotes . The author offers a critical evaluation of each article of the motu proprio, indicating different possibilities in the document’s interpretation and various opinions of well-known canonists. The scientific analysis of the motu proprio is excellent and offers possibilities for further study. Michael Nobel Faculty of Canon Law Saint Paul University Ottawa, Ontario “ONETEACHER”: DOCTRINALAUTHORITYINTHE CHURCH by Le Groupe des Dombes. Trans. Catherine E. Clifford. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010. Pp. xii–161. Each year the Church celebrates a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In his Vespers homily for the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, which traditionally closes the Week of Prayer, Pope Benedict XVI again reminded the Christifideles of the importance of dialogue in this area. “It is our duty to continue enthusiastically on our way towards this goal with a strict and serious dialogue in order to deepen the common theological, liturgical and spiritual patrimony; with reciprocal knowledge, with the ecumenical formation of the new generations and, especially, with conversion of heart and with prayer.”1 The Groupe des Dombes (hereafter the “Groupe”), which consists of “Western Christians, Catholics and Protestants, with no Orthodox members ” (xii), are scholars from the French speaking regions of Europe who have engaged in such an unofficial ecumenical dialogue. In their 2005 document entitled “Un seul Maitre”: L’autorité doctrinal dans l’Église,” which Catherine Clifford has translated into English in this 2010 manu1 Benedict XVI, “Homily of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI: Liturgy of Vespers for the Conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian...