Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bad liturgy weakens faith, two Vatican cardinals agree

Catholic World News - March 03, 2011

Two top Vatican officials have endorsed an Italian author’s book that argues “liturgical abuses lead to serious damage to the faith of Catholics.” Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Apostolic Signatura, joined with Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, at a press conference introducing a new work on the liturgy by Father Nicola Bux, a consultant to several Vatican offices. The book, entitled Come Andare a Mess e Non Perdere La Fede (“How to Go to Mass without Losing Your Faith”), makes the case for proper adherence to liturgical norms. Father Bux emphasizes that the Eucharistic liturgy must be understood as the action of Christ, not that of the priest or the congregation.

Both Cardinals Burke and Cañizares strongly endorsed the idea that tampering with liturgical norms can cause harm to the understanding of the faithful, and undermine their relationship with the Church. “Participating in the Eucharist can make us weaken or lose our faith if we do not enter into it properly,” said Cardinal Cañizares.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($19,134 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,866.48
55% 45%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 03, 2011 4:42 PM ET USA

    They're right, of course, but where have they been these past 40 years?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days