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Avoid liturgical disputes, Vatican master of ceremonies advises

October 24, 2016

In an address to Church musicians, Msgr. Guido Marini, the master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, said that disputes over liturgy “distort the very nature” of the Eucharistic celebration.

Msgr. Marini told the audience of Italian musicians that liturgical music should provide “a bridge over eternity.” Music that does not meet that standard is not appropriate for the Mass, he said.

However, when questioned after his talk about disagreements on liturgical music, Msgr. Marini encouraged the musicians to be ready to compromise, saying that “perhaps it is better also to come out of it momentarily defeated and wait for a better time rather than generate divisions and conflict that do no good.”

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 25, 2016 2:13 PM ET USA

    One of the intended effects of authorizing wide usage of the extraordinary rite in 1988 was to lessen the divisions within the Latin Church. The primary intention was to evangelize schismatics back into full communion, but wide use of the rite was to be encouraged for those Catholics who "preferred" this mode of worship. Liturgical division seemed to have mostly ceased until Pope Benedict's retranslation of the ordinary rite into better English. Happy to be out of the fray this time.