The Pope and the Patriarch on Western Tradition
Pope Benedict XVI and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW I issued a joint statement following their meetings. Among its statements is this:
As Pastors, we have first of all reflected on the mission to proclaim the Gospel in today’s world. This mission, “Go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19), is today more timely and necessary than ever, even in traditionally Christian countries. Moreover, we cannot ignore the increase of secularization, relativism, even nihilism, especially in the Western world. All this calls for a renewed and powerful proclamation of the Gospel, adapted to the cultures of our time. All this calls for a renewed and powerful proclamation of the Gospel, adapted to the cultures of our time. Our traditions represent for us a patrimony which must be continually shared, proposed, and interpreted anew.That sounds like an important rationale and commendation of the Western Rite, especially in its traditional Latin liturgy (the much-derided "Tridentine" Mass of St. Gregory).