Unlike good 'ole American superficiality and faux niceties, we here welcome disputation and criticism. The avoidance of debate (or the discussion of religion and politics) in everyday society as an absolute is a pet peeve against which I have an axe to grind. Oh, and forget having the below discussion with certain kinds of devoted devotionalists who would think Bring Flow'rs of the Fairest* represents the pinnacle of Catholic hymnody!
Venting aside, this noted absence and the corresponding ubiquity of superficial chit-chat has given me more than ample material to ponder the usefulness of a medium such as Facebook (a point to consider further on my personal blog). That said, I have found some "redemption" on that medium in the existence of group pages dedicated to specialized topics of interest in which conversations, and yes debates, of substance can and are had freely among informed and interested brethren. One such group page is dedicated as a discussion group of the Breviary (Roman, Anglican, or otherwise). Recently, one of the members of this page, who is keenly apt also to develop a personalized liturgical Kalendar, posted his Ordo for the current week, and he likewise invited others to do the same, so I obliged and posted the CTO's Order for this week. Here it is (abridged for the sake of brevity):
Sunday - III after Pascha, sd; comm. of the Octave of S. Joseph
Monday - Ss. Nereus, etc., sd; comm. of the Octave
Tuesday - S. Robert Bellarmine, sd; comm. of the Octave
Wednesday - Octave Day of St. Joseph, gd; comm. S. Boniface
Thursday - Feria
Friday - Feria
Saturday - of the BVM, s
A criticism was leveled against the CTO by stating it is "too frozen in amber" followed up by mentioning that at least 50 prunings and the same number of additions ought to be made to have a minimally good Kalendar for current use. One of the core principles of this enterprise is to use the 1570 Kalendar as a baseline upon which to prune/add/modify to the present day, essentially a redo to rectify the multiplication of Duplex feasts since Trent about which our friend Rad Trad has discussed here. Another principle is to maintain, more or less, the same balance of the Sanctorale v. Temporale that Pius V achieved in 1570; to this end, he cut out all but six feasts (if memory serves correctly) of saints canonized between 1100 and 1570; in other words, the Sanctorale was rebased on its core foundation of ancient Roman martyrs with fewer additions of later confessors, doctors, and holy women. We aim(ed) to achieve the same focus - a strong centering on the ancient martyrs with a spartan sprinkling of only the most prominent and universal cultus saints canonized in the second millenium. Our critic seems to channel more of Pius XII-John XXIII-Paul VI than Pius V in his stated objective to prune the ancient martyrs and add many of the post-Tridentine and even post-Vatican II canonized saints (i.e. a resultant Sanctorale more akin to 1970 than 1570), albeit mostly as Simplex feasts in order to keep the Psalter in actuality rather than in theory. I counter that the CTO is a universal Kalendar which aims to accord the Ferial Office a fair exposition, neither too rare like the 1954 Kalendar nor too strong like 1962 or 1970; by so doing, there is plenty of room to allow diverse local feasts without making the translations of feasts a cumbersome enterprise like it was by 1910.
So, I ask - leaving aside particular disagreements about which feast to admit or not (e.g. Christ the King), is the CTO's Kalendar too frozen? How many saints (ballpark number) canonized since 1570 do you consider worthy of being on the universal Kalendar? I would say no more than 50, or about one per week on average, and the great majority thereof as Simplex.
* An auricular penance if there ever was one!