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Cardinals: liturgical abuse weakens the faith
By Cindy Wooden
A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass can be traced to liturgical abuse or Masses that are not reverent, two Vatican cardinals and a consultant have said. [Do I hear an “Amen!”? Even “Amen! Amen!” Save the Liturgy – Save the World, friends.]
US Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s supreme court, said: “If we err by thinking we are the centre of the liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of faith.” [There is a reciprocal relationship between how we pray and what we believe.]
Cardinal Burke and Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, spoke yesterday at a book launch in Rome.
The book, published only in Italian, was written by Fr Nicola Bux, [Of “The Bux Protocol“!] who serves as a consultant to the congregations for the doctrine of the faith and for saints’ causes and to the office in charge of papal liturgies.
The English translation of Fr Bux’s book title would be, How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith. [OOH-RAH!]
Cardinal Burke told those gathered for the book presentation that he agreed with Fr Bux that “liturgical abuses lead to serious damage to the faith of Catholics”.
Unfortunately, he said, too many priests and bishops treat violations of liturgical norms as something that is unimportant when, in fact, they are “serious abuses”.
Cardinal Cañizares said that while the book’s title is provocative, it demonstrates a belief he shares. “Participating in the Eucharist can make us weaken or lose our faith if we do not enter into it properly,” and if the liturgy is not celebrated according to the Church’s norms, he said.
“This is true whether one is speaking of the Ordinary or Extraordinary form of the one Roman rite,” the cardinal said. [It is interesting that the Cardinal Prefect brings in the older, Extraordinary Form in the context of liturgical abuse and the loss of faith. In general – today – the Extraordinary Form is celebrated with great care and fidelity to the rubrics. It is almost a contradiction in terms to talk about liturgical abuses in the Extraordinary Form, except perhaps with the exception of making mistakes or getting things wrong here and there. None of the mistakes or variations would be irreverent. At the same time, priests who celebrate the older form of Mass must also keep firmly in mind what Benedict XVI laid down in Sacramentum caritatis concerning our priestly ars celebrandi.]
Cardinal Cañizares said that at a time when so many people are living as if God did not exist, they need a true Eucharistic celebration to remind them that only God is to be adored and that true meaning in human life comes only from the fact that Jesus gave his life to save the world.
Fr Bux said that too many modern Catholics think the Mass is something that the priest and the congregation do together when, in fact, it is something that Jesus does. [Christ is the true Actor.]
“If you go to a Mass in one place and then go to Mass in another, you will not find the same Mass. [What was commonly said about the older form of Mass in yesterday? No matter what you would go in the world, Mass was the same as it was back in the parish church in Tall Tree Circle. Indeed the older Form and the newer Form celebrated according to the books and in a Roman style with continuity are less different from each other than how you see Mass at parish X and parish Y.] This means that it is not the Mass of the Catholic Church, which people have a right to, but it is just the Mass of this parish or that priest,” he said.
Think about this. Two cardinals show up for a book presentation. Not one, two. And they are Roman heavyweights of the first order.
Pay attention to Nicola Bux, friends.