"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rumored Liturgical Reform

That started some few weeks ago when some Catholics send wrong messages that there would be reforms in the liturgy such that the celebration of the Holy Mass would be patterned back to the times when the priest facing his back from the congregation. This practice wasn't anymore the norm as it was used to be practiced in the entire Church before the Second Vatican Council.

Thanks to Zenit for the clarification. This Latin Mass isn't a mandatory but an option just as the whole Catholic Church has different rites, the Latin Mass is just one of the many rites we have in the Catholic Church.

Vatican Denies Rumors of Coming Liturgical Reform
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VATICAN CITY, AUG. 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican is denying rumors promulgated by some news organizations that announced forthcoming changes in the liturgy.

Father Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, clarified that "for the time being there are no institutional proposals for a modification of the liturgical books used at present," Vatican Radio reported.

In recent days some media sources incorrectly reported that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments had presented proposals to Benedict XVI for a "reform of the liturgical reform" motivated by the Second Vatican Council.

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