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Liturgical struggle in background during Pope's visit to England

October 21, 2010

During the Pope's visit to England, the master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, Msgr. Guido Marini, intervened personally to ensure that the altar would be arranged according to the Pope's wishes when he celebrated Mass at Westminster cathedral, reports Damien Thompson of the Daily Telegraph. British liturgists have strongly resisted the "Benedictine arrangement," with a prominent crucifix and candles on the altar, which the Pope prefers.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Oct. 22, 2010 3:45 PM ET USA

    Yes, I'm still waiting for the candles and prominent crucifixes here in the Archdiocese of Boston. We're still held hostage by the deadly combination of poorly catechized pastors, liberal liturgists, and Oregon Catholic Press garbage missalettes.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Oct. 21, 2010 6:49 PM ET USA

    Who/what are "liturgists?" it's astonishing that any Catholic would "resist" liturgical reverence.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Oct. 21, 2010 9:46 AM ET USA

    How sad, but how indicative of the state of our Church. In my diocese let alone my parish in Canada, I have not seen any movement towards the "Benedictine movement" of having the altar properly adorened with candles and a prominent crucifix. How sad.