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IX YEARS AGO, we uploaded a stunning Blog Header image. Some have asked why Cardinal Ratzinger is featured instead of Pope Emeritus. The fact of the matter is, young Ratzinger has always been present on our header—even though our blog began after the election of Benedict XVI. The following paragraphs explain why.
It’s no secret that many who hopped on the “B16 Bandwagon” abandoned the liturgical movement when Pope Benedict XVI abdicated on 28 February 2013. It demonstrates that these authors—instead of being committed to perennial ideals—simply got caught up with a “trend.” However, if you examine the biographies of our contributors, most of us were involved in promoting authentic sacred music long before Benedict XVI was elected, and at least a decade before Summorum Pontificum was issued. We recall that the liturgy does not depend on the priorities or “taste” of a pope. Indeed, there were decades in our Church’s history when nobody knew who the true pope was! Yet, the liturgy continued. Assisting at Mass, where Christ is truly present, must be the summit of our existence: not “trends.”
Cardinal Ratzinger, therefore, is featured because of the crucial role he played before he was elected pope. This does not minimize what he did as pope; and without question, the most important thing Ratzinger accomplished as pope was to make it forever impossible for anyone to assert that those desiring authentic liturgy are “living in the past,” because documents such as Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae were issued in the last decade, whereas documents such as Sacrosanctum Concilium and Inter Oecumenici were issued 50+ years ago. The artist (Igor Kazarin) drew Cardinal Ratzinger circa 1988, based on various photographs we provided. The artist used a “modern” technique where only one element—Ratzinger’s hat—is colored, and the rest is black & white. This is symbolic of CCWatershed, where we promote tradition, but use modern techniques to spread it. Furthermore, take a look at this photograph of Cardinal Ottaviani dressed in his cardinal’s vestments. One reason cardinals wear red is to demonstrate their willingness to shed blood for the Gospel. Ratzinger was certainly a “martyr” in terms of the abuse he suffered from the anti-Catholic press. We believe that today’s church musicians must be “martyrs” to overcome the difficulties they face. But red is also used for the Holy Ghost; how fitting and significant! We require the Holy Ghost’s guidance to be good church musicians!