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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Liturgical Rubrics are "Worrisome"

Dennis Coday of the National (Liberal) Catholic Reporter is worried that the Church might be focusing too much on rubrics. You see, Coday's parish is finally attempting to implement the changes required by Redemptionis Sacramentum (I say "finally" because the document is already two years old). Coday explains:

I left the meeting worried on two levels. I worry about those who think these changes are just another passing fancy. I also worry about what seems to me a renewed focus on rubrics. Are we returning to a church concerned about the position of fingers and how far apart a priest holds his hands during the Eucharistic prayer? I had thought we had dumped that baggage long, long ago.

Terrifying, huh? Coday continues:

I have to question how a focus on folding linens to catch crumbs and keeping the unordained out of the sanctuary until the right time will lead us to a Jesus who preached the Beautitudes and lived a healing ministry.

Well, in fairness to Coday, I guess that if I didn't believe in the Real Presence, I wouldn't understand what all the fuss about rubrics is either.