The hawk-eyed interns toiling away in the Egg's Dept. of Creedal Pedantry (basement level, third door, near the boiler) recently slipped a memo into Fr. A.'s in-box. It reads, in essence, "Hey, bonehead, wake up." Turns out the Lutheran world's answer to Baron Corvo missed a few key points in his comments an Quicunque vult, known here in the office as "the Creed Screed."
First, he got confused about the use of the Athanasian Creed in modern Roman Catholicism. After centuries of use at Prime on Sundays, it was reduced to Prime on Trinity in 1914; in the post-Vatican II breviary, it is not used at all. And certainly not at Mass.
Second, he joined the multitudes in panning Evangelical Lutheran Worship for failing to include the Athanasian Creed in its record-setting 1211 pages of liturgical material. On its own, this may well be a legitimate criticism. However, what Fr. A. neglected to mention was that the Athanasian Creed has not, historically, been included in all that many Lutheran service books. It was in the LC-MS's 1941 Lutheran Hymnal, and the 1978 LBW, but that seems to be about it. Since, as readers of our Latin-English breviary know, we consider the Service Book and Hymnal to be the high point of liturgical formularies in the style of the Romantic revival, and since the creed in question is not found there (nor, so far as we can find, even mentioned in Reed's commentary), it seems that the argument against its use in a Sunday parish liturgy is stronger than we had realized.
This means, incidentally, that one really must not speak of the Athanasian Creed being "omitted" by ELW. It has no more been omitted than the Small Catechism, included in some predecessor books, was "omitted" from the LBW. And ELW, to its immense credit, does include the Catechism, albeit in an excruciatingly small typeface.