Towards a Reform of the Traditional Missal?

Source: FSSPX News


The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is  soon to publish an amended version of the Missal of John XXIII (1962). This reform is supposed to concern the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews.

According to the Italian daily Il Giornale of January 18, this prayer which beseech God to “take away the veil from their [the Jews’] hearts” and which speaks of “the blindness of that people” should be modified and these terms suppressed. Already in 1959, John XXIII had had the words “perfidy” (perfidiam judaicam) and “perfidious (pro perfidis Judaeis) suppressed. These words in Latin mean “infidelity” and “unfaithful.”

At the time of the publication of the Motu proprio liberalizing the use of the liturgical books prior to Vatican II, several personalities of the Jewish world expressed their concern at seeing this prayer reintroduced in the Roman rite, even as reformed by John XXIII. The great Rabbis of Israel had written to Benedict XVI to ask him to modify once more this  Good Friday prayer. Prelates committed to dialogue between the Jews and the Catholics had made the same request to the Sovereign Pontiff and his entourage. Last July, during the pope’s vacation in Pieve di Cadore (Dolomites), the Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, has stated that the text could be reformed.

Will the New Testament also be corrected? Indeed, the prayer for the conversion of the Jews is directly inspired by the following verses from the 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians: “But their senses were made dull. For, until this present day, the selfsame veil, in the reading of the old testament, remaineth not taken away (because in Christ it is made void). But even until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. But when they shall be converted to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” (3: 14-16). And not only would this epistle of St. Paul have to be rewritten, but it would also be necessary to untie the allegoric veil from the eyes of the Synagogue in all the paintings and on all the statues made before Vatican II ! (Source: Apic/