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Liturgical abuses

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 Contents - Mar 2008AD2000 March 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made global warming: new religion? - Michael Gilchrist
Tribute: B.A. Santamaria: ten years on - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Man-made climate change: another great hoax? - Peter Finlayson
Recovering the sacred in modern church architecture - Moyra Doorly
40 Years On: Vatican II at its mid-life crisis - Br Barry Coldrey
Easter: The Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missal)
Crescat amor: What is the nature and purpose of theology? - Fr John O'Neill PP
La Sapienza: Benedict XVI: the papacy and the university - Pope Benedict XVI
Vocations: The priesthood: a special relationship with Christ - Fr Pat Stratford
Vocations: Signs of hope in US diocese
Letters: Christ's Church - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Married clergy - Frank Bellet
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: Language - Kevin McManus
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Dennis Macdonald
Letters: Response - Richard Stokes
Letters: Homosexual 'marriage' - Arnold Jago
Letters: Altar rails - Corinne O'Loughlin
Letters: 'Re-ordered' churches - Brian Tooley
Letters: Abortion laws - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: From India - Fr. A. Joseph
Poetry: Time-Warp - Bruce Dawe
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Reflection: Benedict XVI on Lent: 'authentic conversion to the love of Christ' - Pope Benedict XVI

In the October and November issues of AD2000 Michael Apthorp has shown how Brisbane's bishops have failed to correct liturgical abuses reported to them, and in the December issue Brian Bibby rightly points out the difficulty of implementing a reform program when many Australian 'bishops [and] priests ... live in open defiance of the Pope ... and do so with impunity'.

Indeed, in Brisbane's Catholic Cathedral, some of the most sacred parts of the Mass depart significantly from the rules.

For example, the 2004 Vatican document Redemptionis Sacramentum, in Section 106, declares that 'the pouring of the Blood of Christ after the consecration from one vessel to another is completely to be avoided, lest anything should happen that would be to the detriment of so great a mystery', adding that in any case jugs are 'never to be used for containing the Blood of the Lord'. Both these requirements, however, are regularly flouted at the Cathedral.

Likewise, the priest is required to complete the Eucharistic Sacrifice himself by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ before distributing Communion to the Extraordinary Ministers and altar servers, and yet at the Cathedral simultaneous Communion is regularly practised. This contravenes the prescriptions of Redemptionis Sacramentum, Section 97, and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Sections 157-160.

Archbishop Bathersby needs to bring the liturgy of his own Cathedral into conformity with that of the Universal Church. By so doing he will be setting a valuable example to his parish clergy and will assume more moral authority when instructing them to do likewise.

Hill End, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 2 (March 2008), p. 14

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