O Tempora, O Motu Proprio!
In a recent issue of The Tablet a well-intentioned article exhorts priests to preside at liturgy with liturgical sensitivity and pastoral care. A sentiment to which we can all mutter a pious “Amen!”
But in developing his case the author speaks of the priest acting “in persona Christi capitas.” Surely you presume (as did I) a regrettable lapsus on the part of the venerable weekly’s copy editor.
Reading further, however, one comes upon the suggested complementarity of capitas and corpus — and doubt begins to darken the brow.
The case is sealed with a rousing flourish of ex opere operanto.
Ubinam gentium sumus?