I see that the Holy Father, on Pentecost Sunday, again enunciated the thesis which led to the very public row between himself and Walter Kasper, not long before the Conclave: that the Universal Church theologically 'precedes' the Local Church. I wonder if Professor Kasper will respond this time. I suppose Professor Ratzinger's thesis is now to be deemed to have formal support from the Magisterium.
And I see that they had a Marian festival at St John Cantius on Pentecost Sunday. I don't quite understand this. I don't think anybody who reads this blog is likely to suspect me of lacking devotion to our Lady; but I can't see the propriety of having a Marian theme overshadowing the celebration of the third great festival of the year, even though there is no doubt that she is Sponsa Spiritus Sancti. After all, she is a creature and the Holy Spirit is Almighty God. But quite apart from that ... well ... I don't think I would consider it quite liturgically appropriate, either, to have a fervorino about the Holy Spirit on August 15. What is the point of the Liturgical Year if it doesn't guide our devotion?
Oh: and by the way: can somebody tell me whether the CIEL Mass at the Brompton Oratory on the Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost was the marvellously austere and suggestively penitential old Mass for the Day, with its six lections? Or did they chicken? Restorationists do sometimes have a slightly candyfloss approach the Old Rite, but CIEL can be expected to know better.