Liturgical abuses (letter)

Liturgical abuses (letter)

George Simpson

The new draft translation of the Missal has raised controversy about its accuracy. We must accept that the translation of a dead language into a living tongue will require periodic review to maintain accuracy.

Some claim that we are going back 50 years. If this is true, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Then our churches were full. Today they are almost empty.

Meanwhile, the recent document, Redemptoris Sacramentum, has correctly affirmed the right of the faithful to complain about abuses, since they have a God-given right to attend authentic liturgies.

Vatican II decreed that the regulation of the Sacred Liturgy depends solely on the Holy See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop and legitimately established, competent, territorial bodies of bishops. Therefore, no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove or alter anything in the liturgy on his own authority (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22)

Some suggest (Letters, September AD2000) that the modern generation is too well-educated to blindly follow authority. While I agree that this generation has received extensive instruction - if not brainwashing at times - this does not necessarily equate with education.

How can a generation, which, for the most part, rejects the Author of all knowledge, claim to be educated? I would have thought one of the hallmarks of the educated was the ability to recognise and respect legitimate authority.

North Blackburn, Vic

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