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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 10, 2004

In Redemptionis Sacramentum, the Congregation for Divine Worship listed liturgical abuses that are prevalent throughout the Western world.

In a classic example of how American prelates react to Vatican directives, Cardinal Roger Mahony has now announced that, despite exhaustive study, he cannot find evidence of the abuses the Vatican warned against.

While we all must constantly re-evaluate our liturgical practice and not allow it to become routine or careless, I have determined that there is no need to make any significant changes in our liturgical practice at this time.... We have not become aware of any serious abuses.

Maybe the Congregation for Divine Worship is delusional. That's disturbing.

But it's gratifying to know that in the Los Angeles archdiocese, one could never find:

  • Priests who "take upon themselves the right to compose their own Eucharist Prayers"-- a practice that it "not to be tolerated."
  • The use of musical instruments or singing during the Eucharistic Prayer.
  • The breaking of the host at the time of Consecration-- which the Vatican said should be "reprobated and is to be corrected with haste."
  • Preaching at Mass by anyone other than an ordained priest or deacon.
  • The use of sacred vessels made from "glass, earthenware, or clay."
  • Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist employed at times when there are several priests and/or deacons present to distribute Communion.
  • Liturgical dance.
  • The scheduling of First Communion for children who have not yet made their first confession.
  • Excessive commotion associated with the Sign of Peace.

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  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Sep. 11, 2004 4:46 PM ET USA

    I agree with verax except for one thing — can we make that ticket one-way for a group? In these cost-conscious times, we might save a few bucks by sending wayward bishops in multiples.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 9:16 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, must be an endemic problem as you suuggest, and caused by to many meds.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 8:19 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony certainly interpreted very liberally sections 19,21, and 22 of Redemptionis Sacramentum on the role of the bishop and carefully did not, I repeat, not refer to 17 which gives authority to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. What an ego! Margaret

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 8:03 PM ET USA

    Welcome back Diogenes. We missed you!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 5:33 PM ET USA

    The Cardinal of Los Angeles seems to be using the same tactic for the liturgical abuses under his nose as he did with clerical abuse of minors. Of course such a terrible thing does not exist in HIS archdiocese. "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" because if you do, you will have to do something about it. At last most bishops have that much of a conscience! Jashu

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 5:27 PM ET USA

    Will gladly contribute for that ONE-WAY ticket to take M. to Tibet.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 1:19 PM ET USA

    While I have never attended Mass in the LA diocese, the evidence shown on CWN and elsewhere is indicative of abuse. Cdl. Mahoney's attitude is eerily similar to that of another Archbishop who thumbed his nose at Rome for decades - one Rembert Weakland. Birds of a feather...?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 12:01 PM ET USA

    I see at least one of these abuses at every Mass in my diocese! To add icing to this rotten cake, the homilies range from politically correct pablum to heresy. I suspect that there is all of this and more in Cardinal Mahony's diocese. It is nice that Rome has issued Redemptionis Sacramentum, but when will the Vatican actually ENFORCE it?

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Sep. 10, 2004 11:21 AM ET USA

    Knowing there was certainly at least some broad mental reservation in his statement I read the letter looking for his way out and it only took 3 paragraphs to find THE catchphrase I was looking for... "But this Instruction cannot be read in isolation." Classic. Actually though, I think Card. Mahoney SHOULD read this in isolation, perhaps in a remote location like Tibet where he can no longer endanger the spiritual health of the Catholics in his Archdiocese.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 11:00 AM ET USA

    I remember the pictures shown here where non-precious metals and baskets were used for the Sacred Species at a Mass at the Rel. Ed. Congress where Mahoney celebrated. Oh no, this never happens.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Sep. 10, 2004 10:39 AM ET USA

    I agree with your point, Diogenes, but have a question about your remark that "liturgical dance" is proscribed by Redemptionis Sacramentum. Unless my reading is flawed (and it might well be), I can't find that in the document. I agree that it SHOULD be banned, but I'm very afraid that it wasn't. Can you educate me? BTW, Mahony's reign in LA is about to end. The disclosure of personnel files was the beginning of the end for Law, as it will be for Mahony. God help us!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2004 8:57 AM ET USA

    My diocese is a much more conservative diocese than the L.A. Archdiocese. I'll eat my socks if L.A. has no liturgical abuses. My diocese has plenty of abuses. Go to a Cardinal Mahoney Mass.

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