Monday, May 16, 2011

You cannot do your own Mass!

From Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesiae DeiThanks to Fr. Z!
Blessed John Paul II in his own turn recalled that “Sacred Liturgy expresses and celebrates the one faith professed by all and, being the heritage of the whole Church, cannot be determined by local Churches in isolation from the universal Church” (Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n. 51) and that “Liturgy is never anyone’s private property, be it of the celebrant or of the community in which the mysteries are celebrated” (ibid. n. 52). [The two highlighted statements can't help but bring to mind how I once witnessed a Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino.  Makes you think "Is this still a Catholic Mass?"] In the Conciliar Liturgical Constitution there is affirmed moreover: The Sacred Council declares that holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way” (n. 4). Esteem for ritual forms is the presupposition of the work of revision from time to time becomes necessary. Now, the two forms, Ordinary and Extraordinary, of the Roman liturgy are an example of reciprocal growth and enrichment. Whoever thinks or acts to the contrary, [public liturgical dissenters, in act or in word!  You know who you are!  We have blogged about you priests and liturgists many times before!] undermines the unity of the Roman Rite which must be tenaciously protected, does not carry out an authentic pastoral activity or correct liturgical renewal, but rather deprives the faithful of their patrimony and their inheritance to which they have a right.


Nuff said!

I still wish that liturgical dissenters are disciplined...immediately!

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