A couple of thoughts which I hope to follow up with some more analysis later.
- If you were hoping for a document that was going to be as strong and encouraging as the list of propositions presented to the Pope by the bishops from the eucharistic synod, you are going to be disappointed.
- If you were hoping for something that would address liturgical problems in some fashion that may curtail some of the silliness that still persists, you are going to be disappointed.
- If you like the fact that recent Church documents have expressed a preference for the tabernacle to be in a highly visible place within the sanctuary, you are going to be disappointed.
- If you hoped that the document would do something to promote the use of Latin and sacred music in the parish setting, you are going to be mostly disappointed.
- If you were hoping for a theological treatise on the meaning and importance of the Eucharist, you are going to enjoy this document.
A couple of interesting things I noticed:
- The document calls for the creation of a Eucharistic Compendium that “will assemble texts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, prayers, explanations of the Eucharistic Prayers of the Roman Missal and other useful aids for a correct understanding, celebration and adoration of the Sacrament of the Altar”. This could be a very good book on its own.
- A footnote mentions the possibility of moving the sign of peace to a different part of the Mass.
- There is a very nice discourse on the complementarity of pastoral care and Church law and how the two, when properly understood are not in conflict. I have frequently heard “being pastoral” as an excuse for breaking Church law as if the two are somehow opposed to each other.