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The Boyz of Summer

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Sep 03, 2004

Jesuit liturgists recently gathered in mid-summer conclave:

Organiser Fr Keith Pecklers said liturgical inculturation is "very important" for the Church today, because liturgy should not be "dead." The congress brought together Jesuits and other experts in the liturgy field to share information and practice regarding inculturation to help make liturgy alive, he said.

During the press conference, Fr Michael Amaladoss, S.J., noted that though Catholics celebrate the Eucharist every day, the liturgy is basically rooted in a foreign Roman culture.

Fr Amaladoss called it a "tragedy" that in spite of openness that has made progress in inculturation possible, "the authorities in the Church have chosen to insist on the preservation of the Roman Rite for the Latin Church." In his view, the "central authority" in the Church is "not justified" in claiming "the exclusive right to control the process of inculturation."


The Jesuit liturgistes met in Bangkok, which is of course well known for its extensive libraries of medieval spirituality.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2004 9:06 PM ET USA

    Sadly, when craziness lifts its head; it is usually on top of a Jesuit's shoulders!@

  • Posted by: - Sep. 04, 2004 9:22 AM ET USA

    The traditional liturgy that developed through the loving care of the Holy Spirit over a period of nearly 2000 years was never "dead." It isn't dead now. Indeed, this liturgy has treasures so great that generations of saints could not come to a full appreciation of it. Modernist liturgists, pardon the insult, are insufferable pedantic morons if they think they can improve on the work of the Holy Spirit through conferences in Bangkok or anywhere else. Some things should never be touched.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2004 3:12 PM ET USA

    Excuse the vulgarity, but Bangkok is a fitting name for that city, is it not? Now I will have to go to Confession. Afterwards, I think I will attend a Solemn High Mass, celebrated, of course, in Latin, in the Apostolic tradition of the Roman Catholic Church Lex orandi; lex credendi.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2004 10:20 AM ET USA

    Funny, that's not what I've heard Bangkok is 'well known' for. But what do I know? I've only been to Rome...

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Sep. 03, 2004 7:50 AM ET USA

    The problem with is enculturation as practiced by "liturgists' is that it incorporates some of the tritest elements not of the culture but of passing fads: the New Age, women's spiritualities. Too many Masses have all the ambiance of tupperware parties or happy hours. The sanctuary looks like grand central station. Problem is many Catholics won't accept this so we have the rumble Masses. Altar servers and laity give heck to extra. mins during reception of Communion. Superficiality reigns.

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