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Anglican ordinariates may help renew Catholic liturgy, says Australian author

Catholic World News - June 23, 2011

The introduction of Anglican ordinariates could help to bring liturgical renewal to the Catholic Church in Australia, suggests theologian Tracey Rowland, the author of Ratzinger’s Faith.

Rowland explains that Pope Benedict XVI “is very concerned about what he has variously described as ‘parish tea party’ liturgy, ‘pastoral pragmatism’, ‘emotional primitivism’, ‘Sacro-pop’ and ‘utility music.’” Acquaintance with the beautiful liturgy of the Anglican tradition could help to raise standards in other Catholic parishes, Rowland believes.

The theologian adds that the creation of Anglican ordinariates provided much-needed reassurance for Anglicans who wanted to become Catholics, but feared the loss of their own liturgical heritage and were uneasy about entering Catholic parishes were the liturgy is conducted without reverence.

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  • Posted by: claire5327 - Jun. 23, 2011 6:42 PM ET USA

    The Anglican Liturgy came from the Old Catholic Liturgy ~ it is good that we are returning to our very own and wonderful way of warship and they are returning to their root! Love it! God bless all who seek His Truth and warship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We have lost so much BEAUTY in our masses since Vatican II; modern ways are not necessary the best of ways.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Jun. 23, 2011 6:11 PM ET USA

    This is all very welcome news!

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