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Pope urges obedience to Syro-Malabar liturgical rules

May 13, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis met on May 13 with Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil of the troubled Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. In his public remarks the Pope urged acceptance of the new liturgical rules that provoked a rebellion in the India-based Syro-Malabar community.

The Pontiff said that the ferocious liturgical disputes were the result of “a self-referentiality, which leads to listening to no other way of thinking but one’s own.” He said that priests and laity who resisted the new liturgical guidelines were “showing a lack of respect for the Blessed Sacrament” when they argued about “the details of how to celebrate the Eucharist.”

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