Thursday, April 16, 2009

RETRACTION: Archdiocesan Liturgical Policy

In an earlier post, this blog implied that the Archdiocese has not offered any statement on liturgical innovations.  This was a mistake.  Here are the Archdiocesan Sacramental Catechetical Guidelines as issued by Archbishop Roger Schwietz, O.M.I. last August.  Some salient excerpts:

Cultural sensitivity and adaptations through music and gesture in the celebrations of the sacraments IS ENCOURAGED.  In order to protect the integrity of the sacramental life of the Church and avoid abuses, the adaptations NEED THE APPROVAL OF THE ARCHBISHOP.  Requests for approval are to be made through the Office of the Archbishop.

Mass is to be celebrated with care and reverence in every parish of the Archdiocese ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT LITURGICAL BOOKS, CANONS, AND NORMS set out by the universal Church and the Archbishop in his role as moderator of the liturgy of the local Church. (caps my emphases)

Commentary and more to follow.

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