I really wish that the daily edition of L’Osservatore Romano was available IN ENGLISH on the internet WITH full archived versions. That’s a tall order, because at the moment, only the Italian original is available and that only for the current day. At least we can be thankful that the current Weekly edition is available in English.
The problem is that we then have to be content with second hand sources for the original articles, such as this report from the Associated Press which was picked up by Cathnews (wait for it) via an American Website (Seattlepi.com). Fr Z is carrying the story via Andrea Tornielli. Unfortunately, because the full editions of LOR are not available in their archives on line, neither is the original interview with Cardinal Arinze which is the source of the story.
Oh well, we will have to take Associated Press and Andrea Tornielli on trust on this one then.
On the issue itself, however, I am with Fr Z. on this one. Where the sign of peace is now is where it always has been in the Roman rite, and it belongs with the emphasis on “peace” at that point in the Liturgy (“I leave you peace, my peace I give you”…, “The Peace of the Lord be with you always”…, “Lamb of God, grant us peace”). Funny how some traditionalists – because of an understandable aversion to the manner in which the exchange of peace is often carried out – are so keen to see this “inorganic”, “unilateral” alteration made to the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite when they are usually so keen on the unchangeable nature of the liturgy.