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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 07, 2005

The working document that will guide discussion at the October meeting of the Bishops' Synod, which is focused on the Eucharist, decries serious abuses in the liturgy.

But the Vatican document--prepared after consultation with the world's bishops-- assures us that these abuses "should not lead to great alarm, since they seem to be limited."

Limited in number, yes; I noticed "only" a half-dozen liturgical abuses the last time I visited the local parish. Limited in time and space, too; it would be an exaggeration to say that liturgical abuse occurs semper et ubique.

All human actions are limited. But right now, where I live, respect for liturgical norms is a lot more "limited" than the abuse of those norms. If the Synod can propose a way to remedy that situation, we'll all be better off.

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  • Posted by: Eleazar - Jul. 08, 2005 11:53 AM ET USA

    This seems to be yet one more proof (as if another is needed) the the core of the problem is the episcopate.

  • Posted by: Lucius - Jul. 08, 2005 9:27 AM ET USA

    This Synod will generate yet another document on the Eucharist. But we already have an encyclical on the Eucharist, a disciplinary document, a document for the year of the Eucharist. The documents keep repeating the doctrine we already have. We need enforcement not documents with the imposition of ecclesiastical penalties on those responsible for heretical teaching and abuses of the Eucharist which should include bishops. This will have a greater effect than another document.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2005 9:06 AM ET USA

    Perhaps it means limited to Europe and North America?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 08, 2005 12:06 AM ET USA

    Amen, Diogenes. Let's keep praying for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI... and praying for the bishops -- reminding them of their vows taken on the day of their episcopal ordination, often taken in the sacristy before the Rite of ordination, vows of obedience to the Holy Father, to speak & act at all times in absolute unison with the Successor to Saint Peter. Some bishops say "we" (read: the people in the pews) have a lot of work to do. The BISHOPS have to LEAD that work, with HOLY BOLDNESS.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jul. 07, 2005 10:18 PM ET USA

    Limited in number. Just like the number of Catholic births in Europe. Just like the number of new priests being ordained in sois distant parishes. Don't alarm yourself folks, just a few random acts of blindness disfiguring Our Lord in Our Church. No need to go all Athanasius Contramundum now. No need to disenfranchise the neo-gnostics. Business as usual aboard the Liturgical Titanic. All aboard.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jul. 07, 2005 10:14 PM ET USA

    "SEEM to be limited?" I guess they figure it is probable abuses are limited? limited to what? clown Masses? the "presider" changing the words of the Mass? "should not lead to great alarm"--how about a least moderate alarm or how about reasonable alarm or even due alarm??? come on over to our diocese where we have the promise of more "vibrant litgurgies" which "seem" to have liturgical dance, laity standing at the altar, questionable matter (multi-ingrediant bread), & on and on.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2005 8:56 PM ET USA

    Limited + forget it. Ouch.

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