Desiderio Desideravi 29: The Great Constitutions

One question that often gives me pause regarding the advocates for the traditional Latin Mass: do they otherwise advocate for the companion documents on the Word and the Church? Or is the whole set somewhat out-of-bounds in some ways? 

29. It is with this reality of the modern world that the Church, united in Council, wanted to enter into contact, reaffirming her awareness of being the sacrament of Christ, the Light of the nations (Lumen Gentium), putting herself in a devout listening to the Word of God (Dei Verbum), and recognizing as her own the joys and the hopes (Gaudium et Spes) of the people of our times. The great Constitutions of the Council cannot be separated one from the other, and it is not an accident that this single huge effort at reflection by the Ecumenical Council — which is the highest expression of synodality in the Church and whose richness I, together with all of you, am called to be the custodian — began with reflection on the Liturgy. (Sacrosanctum Concilium)

If a Council were revisiting these in this century, I suspect that a document on evangelization and the mission of the Church would accompany the Big Four. How that would impact liturgy, we still have to figure it out.

The full document, copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana is here on the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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