His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois, who is not afraid to use exorcisms, has issued a pastoral letter called Ars celebrandi et adorandi… The art of celebrating and worshiping. He has taken his title, surely, from Benedict XVI’s paragraphs on ars celebrandi in his post_synodal Exhortation, Sacramentum caritatis.
“But Father! But Father!”, you liberals and progressives out there are by now shouting, “This is TERRIBLE! Any le… le… letter from hi… him will be rigid and mean! He hates Vatican II almost as much as YOU!”
Let’s see what the contents may hold!
Apparently, according to Bp. Paprocki, tabernacles belong… imagine this… in a visible place!
23. With this in mind, in order that more of the faithful will be able to spend time in adoration and prayer in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord, I direct that in the churches and chapels of our diocese, tabernacles that were formerly in the center of the sanctuary, but have been moved, are to be returned as soon as possible to the center of the sanctuary in accord with the original architectural design. Tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary or are otherwise not in a visible, prominent and noble space are to be moved to the center of the sanctuary; tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary but are in a visible, prominent and noble space may remain.
On top of that, he tells people GENUFLECT and suggests that there should be EXPOSITION!
This is the New Evangelization.
Fr. Z kudos to Bp. Paprocki.