POPE BENEDICT XVI: POPES CAN’T SCRAP LITURGY
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • September 12, 2017
“Even the supreme authority in the Church may not change the liturgy arbitrarily”
Less than one year before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger spoke out against fabricating liturgy — even if done under papal authority.
As faithful Catholics watch Rome’s authority shifting to local bishops, who wish to have a free hand in crafting liturgical translations and adaptations, it’s helpful to recall how the predecessor of Pope Francis cautioned that the liturgy isn’t something even popes can trifle with.