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(demonstration model only: actual liturgy may vary)

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 23, 2004

Some comments of Cardinal Arinze at the press conference introducing the new disciplinary document on the Eucharist:

Connected with the preceding point [the need to develop an interior spirit of worship, not just external conformity to norms] is a temptation that must be resisted, i.e., to imagine that it's a waste of time to pay attention to liturgical abuses. It is sometimes argued that, since abuses have always existed and will always exist in the future, we should concern ourselves instead with formation and with improved liturgical celebration.

Though partly true, this objection can lead us astray. Not all abuses respecting the Holy Eucharist have the same weight. Some risk rendering the sacrament invalid. Others indicate a lack of Eucharistic faith. Yet others help sow further confusion among the people of God and tend to profane the celebration of the Eucharist. Abuses are not to be taken lightly.

And the penalty for non-compliance is ...?

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 23, 2004 12:32 PM ET USA

    It looks like a hybrid of Sacrosanctum Concilium and the GIRM. Many ordained ignored those documents; will they also ignore this? Diogenes is right; there's no compliance language here. Unless the translation is wrong, the word "should" is used almost exclusively, and "should" is not a mandate. Let's not rush to judgment, though. Let's see if, within the Easter season, our ordinaries issue public instructions mandating compliance with this document. (Don't hold your breath!)

  • Posted by: Laertides - Apr. 23, 2004 12:29 PM ET USA

    Cute. There are no consequences on earth, and there sure aren't any in the afterlife (your local clergyperson: "what afterlife?"). Why do these folks even bother putting on clericals... or keeping their vows (whoops, I forgot! That would imply that they took this nonsense seriously!) Just easier to engineer social change from the pulpit, propagandizing us dupes in the pews. And,as the latest sex scandals (inter alia) show, they really CAN have it all!

  • Posted by: Fr. Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬) - Apr. 23, 2004 12:04 PM ET USA

    "And the penalty for non-compliance is ...? " This is the point, isn't it? There is indeed an adequate arsenal of sanctions available covering everything in the document, but most of them rely on the local ordinary. At the same time, go ahead (as a priest) and say Mass in Latin (perfectly legit, btw) in your parish and they will find a thousand creative ways to fix your little red Roman chasuble, the Code of Canon Law notwithstanding.

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