I see where Cardinal Burke has uttered against excessive concelebration at a liturgy conference in Ireland. A generation ago, it would have been taken as a progressive matter among liturgists. He has his reasons, of course:
I don’t think there should be an excessive encouragement of concelebration because the norm is for the individual priest to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
If it is repeated too frequently, it can develop within him a sense of being another one of the participants instead of actually being the priest who is offering the Mass.
Interesting observations. I always thought concelebration was something of a shot against an all male clergy. Sure, a man appears more like Jesus. But multiple Jesus figures around the altar? What’s that about: some spiritual cloning? Of course, that’s just the view from the pew. Cardinal Burke lives in what must be a concelebration paradise, Rome. I’m sure that if a priest is called upon to concelebrate with a famous cardinal, or even the pope, it might seem like a spectator events for him. From the pews–not much difference to our eyes.
I also noted that Cardinal Burke comes down against Word and Communion services. But he doesn’t mention that fewer concelebrating clergy mean more priests for communities that don’t have resident pastors. Just saying …