We need a new term for an abuse of the liturgy by a Pope.

Because that’s what happened today.

The Holy Father, as the Supreme Legislator for the Church universal, is within his rights to change beforehand the rubrics for the Mass. But he is not free to disregard them as he goes along. Indeed, a true spirit of humility would suggest submitting to them.

On the practical side of the equation, this move sends exactly the wrong signal to the Bernardin men — young and old — who still dominate this diocese. Try complaining to your pastor about a “minor” abuse of the liturgy or deviation from the missal now.

What a shame.

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