"Although I recognize Benedict's theological prowess, I land on a different side of many theological and social issues. Still, there was something about Benedict's papacy and in particular, his liturgical style, that I did appreciate, and which I suspect might signal something important in the liturgy of the church in the West". "The BAS [Book of Alternative Services] was a result of the Liturgical Movement which reached its zenith in the mid-1960s with the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. Almost overnight Vatican II upended almost everything about Roman Catholic liturgy. Latin gave way to vernacular English. Baroque-style vestments were discarded. Anglican worship was similarly reformed". "I am grateful for the Liturgical Movement ... but I have also increasingly become aware of what might have been lost in the grand sweep of the Liturgical Movement. I wonder if we have lost some sense of the mysterious, the numinous, the transcendent, in our effort to make the liturgy approachable and comprehensible ?" "While I have absolutely no objection to celebrating 'facing the people', as I do now every Sunday, I do think that something was lost in the wholesale movement toward free-standing altars". "I was glad -- and relieved -- after watch 'The Two Popes', because it didn't fall into the current zeitgeist of celebrating Francis while dissing Benedict. In fact, the movie presents a nuanced and sensitive rendering of each man, showing both of their strengths and gifts, and also their vulnerabilities".
Author "is rector of Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto".