NCR on Liturgy
Tom Roberts advocates disobeying liturgical laws in the National Catholic Reporter of 29 November 2002. He encourages deceptive behaviour and, I think, insults Italians in the process.
He concludes the article:
I agree with his observations about there being many places were the rubrics are not followed. But while I deplore it, he sees it as encouraging:
How do you avoid people being upset? Make up your own rules? Tell a few lies? Promote ignorance? Such an approach is disastrous for the Catholic Church.
At least Kathleen Kichline's article recognises the importance of the liturgical laws. But she makes a mistake in her reporting:
The sentence is not in the General Instruction of the Roman
Missal. Using google.com it is easy to see that it comes from
the educational material of the USCCB (at http://www.nccbuscc.org/liturgy/girm/lit4.htm).
I agree with their interpretation. Since there is no instruction
to bless during communion, it should not happen. My point is
that the National Catholic Reporter condemns Rome for a sentence
that it did not make.
John Allen's article concludes:
My view is that the Roman Missal took effect when it was published in Latin in March 2002. I see no justification for liturgical laws requiring an approved translation to take effect. Nor, it seems, does Bishop Gregory, with decree on the US adaptations of 25 April 2002:
But Archbishop Lipscomb seems to have gone further: an individual bishop can decide not to implement the changes made, whenever they do become effective. For example, the 2002 Roman Missal has to stand and say: "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hand ...". But Archbishop Lipscomb thinks its OK for the bishop to decide when to implement the change (from sitting, to standing).
Why? According to Canon 846: "The liturgical books, approved by the competent authority, are to be faithfully followed in the celebration of the sacraments." This is what everyone should do, regardless of what the bishop thinks about whether the diocese has been sufficiently prepared.
Today in Melbourne Archbishop Hart directed us to "Please sit" for the Kyrie. I think the change from sitting to standing for this was made in 1970. What would Archbishop Lipscombe say? Dispite 32 years he can decide the cathedral congregation is not yet ready for such a change?
I believe Cardinal George has now replaced Archbishop Lipscomb as Chairman of the USCCB Bishops Committee for the Liturgy. Hopefully this will lead to a more effective implementation of the 2002 Roman Missal.
By J.R. Lilburne, 1 December 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.
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