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Building churches to focus on ourselves

May 25, 2011

Earlier this month Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized the tendency to focus “exaggerated attention on the human aspect of the sacred liturgy.” In the National Catholic Register, Tim Drake comments on how some parish churches encourage that unhealthy tendency.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 25, 2011 6:27 PM ET USA

    After reading some of the complaints offered following the article in the NCR, I feel that some of things that rankle me in our church are minor.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - May. 25, 2011 1:37 PM ET USA

    Indeed, this is part of the "horizontalizing" of the Mass that has contributed to doctrinal confusion and even dissent, as the faithful increasingly see themselves, not God, as the locus of liturgical action. It's all about US! The Novus Ordo Mass, valid as it is, has contributed to this by turning the priest to face the people and skewing the liturgy into a folksy self-love-in.