Reuters, however, as usual, doesn't see it that way:
Pope Benedict celebrated parts of Sunday's Mass with his back turned on the congregation, re-introducing an old ritual that had not been used in decades.
Of course, I take issue with this. First off, as a priest I know once said, when celebrating Mass facing the altar, "my back is no more turned on you you than those of the people sitting in the front row." Rather, this gesture represents turning toward God, turning toward the East from whence the Resurrected Lord will return. The Pope is setting an excellent example for the whole world by doing this. I hope that in time we will see more of this--on altars the world over. As the Pope has said before, we shouldn't be looking at the priest, but the priest should be looking with us at the Lord.
By the way, there was one good point in the Reuters article, but it was a quote:
A statement by the Vatican's office for liturgical celebrations said it had been decided to use the old altar, where ballots are placed during papal elections, to respect "the beauty and the harmony of this architectonic jewel."For the full article, if you dare, you may go here.
For objective commentary, however, check out
The New Liturgical Movement
The Cafeteria is Closed
What Does the Prayer Really Say?
(Fr. Z has a good fisk of another article that commits the same blunders as the one that I quoted).