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Cardinal Cañizares outlines Pope's plan for liturgical reform

December 27, 2010

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, discusses Pope Benedict’s drive to restore proper reverence to the Eucharistic liturgy, in an interview with Andrea Tornielli published by the Italian daily Il Giornale.

Cardinal Cañizares speaks about the problems created by an excessive desire for experimentation, creativity, and rapid liturgical change in the days after Vatican II. He says that Pope Benedict wishes to establish a more organic approach to liturgical reform, emphasizing the continuity that unites old and new forms. The Pope’s vision calls for a revival of appreciation for beauty in worship—especially in sacred music, featuring Gregorian chant—and for sacred silence.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 29, 2010 6:53 PM ET USA

    Sacred silence,what happened to it? It seems the singing thru distribution of the Holy Eucharist is nearly non-stop. The hymns are lovely,but do we have to pick up our hymnals and resume singing when returning from receiving our Lord? We need some "down time" with our Savior in private prayer.