The Boyz of Summer
By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 03, 2004
Jesuit liturgists recently gathered in mid-summer conclave:
Organiser Fr Keith Pecklers said liturgical inculturation is "very important" for the Church today, because liturgy should not be "dead." The congress brought together Jesuits and other experts in the liturgy field to share information and practice regarding inculturation to help make liturgy alive, he said.
During the press conference, Fr Michael Amaladoss, S.J., noted that though Catholics celebrate the Eucharist every day, the liturgy is basically rooted in a foreign Roman culture.
Fr Amaladoss called it a "tragedy" that in spite of openness that has made progress in inculturation possible, "the authorities in the Church have chosen to insist on the preservation of the Roman Rite for the Latin Church." In his view, the "central authority" in the Church is "not justified" in claiming "the exclusive right to control the process of inculturation."
The Jesuit liturgistes met in Bangkok, which is of course well known for its extensive libraries of medieval spirituality.
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