There has been a lot of buzz in St.
Blogs over the Pope celebrating
the Solemnity of the Baptism of our Lord using the Sistine Chapel’s
original altar and praying the Mass Ad Orientum. In previous
years a wooden platform was built over the original altar with a
smaller altar placed on it.
the Roman has found and example of
highly ironic reporting on this.
In a departure from tradition,
Benedict did not celebrate the Mass at a small altar set up to face the
No doubt we are in for a rash of
stories of the Pope turning his back on the people as we got as
journalistic boilerplate in coverage of the Motu Proprio.
Anybody who has read then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s book Spirit of the
Liturgy know precisely the Pope’s view of celebrating Mass Ad Orientum.
Fr. Z. says “I contend that more damage was done by
turning around the orientation of Mass than perhaps any single other
change.” and I am inclined
to agree with him. Facing the people can too easily lead to “Ad
Good coverage of this can be found at: