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Liturgy: what next?

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 Contents - Apr 2007AD2000 April 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Benedict XVI's document on the Eucharist - Michael Gilchrist
Book Launch: B.A. Santamaria and Australian Catholicism: Cardinal Pell's tribute - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
'Equal opportunity' legislation threatens Christian teachings - Babette Francis
Catholicism and secularism in Britain: a test of strength on same-sex adoption - Joanna Bogle
History: How much do Catholics know about ecumenical councils? - Frank Mobbs
Vocations: New survey of successful US dioceses: lessons for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
Rockhampton Lenten program: 'whatever that might mean' - AD2000 Report
St Faustina: The Divine Mercy apostolate: a spirituality to transform the world - Eva Kimnes
Belief: Christian-Muslim dialogue: major stumbling blocks - Fr Richard Umbers
Letters: Liturgy: what next? - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Church leadership - P.W. English
Letters: Money talks - Richard Stokes
Letters: Saints needed - Arthur N. Ballingall
National Church Life Survey clarification - Bob Dixon
Letters: Catholic schools
Letters: Catholic atmosphere - Stuart Paterson
Letters: Free and fair markets and the Church's social doctrine - Chris Hilder
Letters: Capital punishment - John Gallagher
Letters: Scourge of the West - Kevin McManus
Letters: African prisoners seek correspondents - Len Clark
Letters: Contraception - Tim Coyle
Books: The Way of Love: Reflections on Deus Caritas Est, Livio Melina and Carl Anderson - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Thought Since the Enlightenment, by Aidan Nichols OP - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Aspects of Authentic Church Teaching, by Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 and Freedom Publishing
Reflection: Benedict XVI on the transforming power of the Resurrection - Pope Benedict XVI

In November 2006, I attended a Saturday night Mass at St Mary's Church, South Brisbane - or at least I had assumed it was to be a Mass.

Before this 'Mass' commenced, an individual spent ten minutes reading from a book that seemed to have nothing to do with the Catholic Faith. After that the Opening Prayer was said, followed by 15 minutes of silent meditation - with the Kyrie, Gloria, First and Second Readings and Responsorial Psalm all omitted.

At the end of the silent meditation, a lay person read the Gospel and gave a homily. Then someone put on a stole and led the Eucharistic Prayer which sounded like a feminist variant. The Communion Rite concluded with the playing of a recording of John Lennon's anti-Christian song 'Imagine'.

The South Brisbane parish, while being passionately committed to its understanding of social justice, has long-established reputation for presenting do-it-yourself liturgies.

Despite, or because of this, when some Catholic high schools in rural or regional Queensland organise religion excursions to Brisbane, they make a point of sending their students to South Brisbane for Sunday worship.

The time is long overdue for Brisbane's Archbishop to bring this parish into line liturgically with the rest of the Church - or encourage it to go its separate way.

North Rockhampton, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 3 (April 2007), p. 14

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