In India, dissident group, angered by uniform liturgy, prevents archbishop from entering cathedral
November 28, 2022
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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has exhorted the faithful of the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church to obey the Syro-Malabar hierarchy’s decision on a uniform method of celebrating the liturgy in all of the church’s eparchies (dioceses).
The uniform method envisions the celebrant turning towards the faithful in the initial rites but then turning towards the altar during the Eucharistic sacrifice. In some eparchies, however, including the Major Archeparchy of Ernakulam–Angamaly, the entire liturgy has been offered facing the people in recent decades.
Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, has been the leading proponent of the uniform method. The vast majority of Ernakulam–Angamaly’s priests oppose the uniform method.
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