Discussing the importance of education and publicity about the 2002 Roman Missal.


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0952 K Wed 17 Jul 2002

EWTN have a question that highlights the lack of information about the 2002 Roman Missal. I see bishops as having vast resources to educate people about it.

According to the Code of Canon Law:

Can. 392 §1 Since the Bishop must defend the unity of the universal Church, he is bound to foster the discipline which is common to the whole Church, and so press for the observance of all ecclesiastical laws.

§2 He is to ensure that abuses do not creep into ecclesiastical discipline, especially concerning the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and the cult of the saints, and the administration of goods.

So it is reasonable to expect bishops to pressing for the observance of the new liturgical laws in the 2002 Roman Missal. Perhaps people see the problems with rubrics as "bad news" that is best kept quiet. But to improve things there needs to be education and publicity.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 17 July 2002. Canon law extract from the 1997 Harper Collins translation.

Other sites:

EWTN question on new GIRM

My answer on rubrics at askme.com