Observing Lent with rigor does not entail treating it as a sort of homogenous Passiontide. Lent has an atmosphere and spirit which is distinct to that of Passiontide; and the Sundays of Lent have their own spirit again. Neglecting this distinct spirit of Lent might even obscure the spirit of Passiontide for us.
Washington's Cardinal Wilton Gregory insisted that Pope Francis' intention in restricting the Latin Mass is 'to complete what Paul VI began, that is, to put one ritual – the new rite – as the dominant rite.'
The Synod on Synodality begins in October, and the annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage coincides with its end. The Rome Life Forum, which will deliberate the crisis in the Church and the world, takes place shortly after that. This is both a happy accident and an opportunity.