Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ponderings.

Today we had the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of the Catechumenate. First, why are the exorcism and the renunciation of false worship optional? (Strike that, I probably don't want to know.) Second, dismissing the catechumens is a pointless archeologism. Most of them have been attending the whole Mass for years.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Avoiding Liturgical Disaster.

I was asked on Facebook: FatherErik, how do you priests navigate disastrous liturgical directives?

Here is my answer:

It is relatively easy. 1) Don't listen to the so-called experts unless they can point to chapter and verse in the directives. Even then, read them yourself in the context of the whole liturgy.

2) Know the difference between required, recommended, and optional. Remember that no one has the authority to require what the law declares as optional.

3) Know the hierarchy of authority. The Conference only has liturgical authority as specified by law and then only when ratified by Rome.

4) The bishop's office of chief liturgist mean that he is to ensure that the norms are obeyed, not that he can decided to adapt whenever he feels like it.

5) Be willing to take heat for not following the crowd.