|Benedict XVI celebrating solemn Mass on 13 January 2008. Photo: Reuters|
This event had been preceded a few months earlier by the promulgation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, allowing a wider use of the Tridentine Mass. In the same period Benedict XVI had also said he would like the centuries-old Gregorian chant to make a comeback. Communion, during Papal Masses, started being given on the mouth and kneeling too.
All these gestures by His Holiness were meant as a signal to bishops around the world on the way forward for the Catholic Church. Whether these were taken on board is another story.