The sixteenth synod proposition is simply titled “Lectionary.”
It is recommended that an examination of the Roman Lectionary be initiated to see if the present selection and ordering of the readings are really adequate to the mission of the Church at this historic moment. Specifically, the relation of the reading of the Old Testament with the evangelical pericope should be reconsidered, so that it does not imply a too restrictive reading of the Old Testament or the exclusion of important passages.
Oh no. Are they really calling for yet another Lectionary revision? In the conservative/traditionalist indulgence for literal translations, I would agree with the bishops that Catholics have missed a more important assessment: does the revised Lectionary meet the spiritual needs of the Church? The TLM advocates clearly imply it doesn’t matter; they have the form of the traditional Mass and they–including the pope–don’t see the need to address Lectionary reform as the second Vatican Council discerned. And if they thought they had troubles when a few Good Friday prayers were edited, I’m sure they realize the riot they’d have on their hands if they seriously reformed the TLM Lectionary. I would be interested to hear from TLM advocates how and why they would address the synod’s propositions for their own form of the Roman Rite and what, if anything, that might entail.
That said, I don’t think it’s wise to rely on the “conventional wisdom” that the Lectionary has been a success, pat ourselves on the back, and move on to the Latin/vernacular issues. It would be good to know what is working in the new Lectionary, what’s not working, and bring in Scripture scholars, sociologists, psychologists, musicians, and others to help assess the overall effort.
Keep an ecumenical sensibility, the bishops reminds us:
The revision of a Lectionary could be done in dialogue with ecumenical counterparts who use this common Lectionary.
It is desirable that an authoritative examination of the problem of the Lectionary be carried out in the liturgies of Oriental Catholic Churches.