Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cardinal Burke on the Inculturation of Liturgy

“The proper term for rooting of the Catholic faith and practice in a particular culture is inculturation. Clearly, it is a delicate process because there may be elements of the local culture which need purification and transformation before they can serve the Eucharistic mystery.”

“Inculturation must always be secondary to respect for the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, lest the greatest treasure of our faith be obscured or, even worse, disrespected. Any experimentation in inculturation must be reviewed by Church authority with the involvement of the Holy See “because the Sacred Liturgy expresses and celebrate the one faith professed by all and, being the heritage of the whole Church, cannot be determined by local Churches in isolation form the universal Church.”  [emphasis mine]

from the book Divine Love Made Flesh by Raymond Cardinal Burke


Take note!

The Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino of the late Benedictine monk Dom Anscar Chupungco sat in limbo in the Vatican.  It did not get the approval of Rome.

That type of Mass is full of Filipino inculturation that it would be more Filipino than actually Roman, a completely different Mass!

The statement of Cardinal Burke

This is the Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino.  No wonder it is not approved.

Make you deacon ride like Cleopatra!


Or use Petromax instead of candles for torches since it is uniquely Filipino.

And hey, look!  Pinoy vestal virgins offering incense!

But on second thought...

Why are they doing it without approval?

If you do something not legal, what do you all that act?

I have never seen that priest-blogger comment anything against Liturgical Abuse.


He is a liturgical abuser himself!


  1. And this is going to be part of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. See the programme here:

  2. How I wish that Cardinal Tagle won't celebrate that "mass". As a Cardinal, he should set an example for all - doing what is right and legal. Rome may be silent until now on the case of the Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino, therefore, celebrating it is not illegal. But, it is not legal either. In other words, doubt still veils that "mass". As a Bishop and ultimately as a Prince of the Church, he should not be promoting anything veiled with doubt as it will set a precedent for all. Well, many bishops and priests had been making bad precedents in the Church. But, it is not yet too late for a Cardinal Tagle to make amends the mistakes done by his fellow bishops and priests in the past.