Saturday, May 24, 2008

Neo-Cats refuse to stop liturgical abuses

Action: anyone involved in the Neo-Catechumenal Way should be asking questions.

It is reported that the Pope has confirmed the statutes of this movement, despite their continued practice of sitting for the reception of communion. This, with their other liturgical abuses, was condemned by the Congregation for Divine Worship; in 2005 they were given two years to conform to the law of the Church on the matter. They have not.

Hat-tip to Rorate Caeli: On April 24, less than a month ago, in the Redemptoris Mater seminary in Namur, Belgium (one of a large number of seminaries of the same name run by the Neocatechumenal Way around the world), this is how Communion was distributed: as always, a single pancake-sized host is consecrated and then broken into many pieces, and distributed to the sitting congregation - 2 years, 4 months, and 23 days after the two-year phase-out deadline given by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

But of course it is only conservatives and traditionalists who are expected to worry about liturgical law. Right?

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen