By means of this rich body of hymnody, we Danubian Swabians have grown into the world of Catholic faith, this is our religious home in which we find security and consolation, as did our ancestors.
Archive for July, 2011
In the August edition of Adoremus, Bishop Arthur Serratelli offers a little catechesis on the Greeting of the Mass.
“We three [national episcopal conference] presidents voiced our concerns in particular about the Holy See’s right to approve the statutes contrary to Sacrosanctum Concilium. We did not believe that Cardinal Arinze’s lawyer had in fact refuted our arguments, but there was no further discussion.”
“Recognizing the impossibility of genuine dialogue on this matter, we made our point and then got on with the rest of the agenda.”
“It is still incumbent on bishops’ conferences to reclaim the rights and responsibilities entrusted to them by law, and wrongly usurped.”
Sitting in a living room with ten other people, worshiping with nothing but the human voice, gave me a real understanding of how our music can be “on earth as it is in heaven.” I started to realize how much more prayerful, how much more natural, this approach to music was than the over-produced concert music of contemporary Catholicism.
Receiving Communion in this way “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.”
“As archbishop I have the ministry of unity. Thus, the ‘ordinary form’ is the standard for me.”
If you were to tell any of these Catholics that hymns don’t belong at Mass, that they aren’t liturgical, that they aren’t Catholic, I expect they would look at you as if you had two heads.
For the first time in the history of the Church, we have had an uninvited, worldwide, participatory discussion on a significant change that will affect all in the English-speaking world.
What I think is problematic is the idea that church leaders can resolve controversies simply by calling for religious submission or by branding those who disagree as lacking in faith.
Beginning in January 2012, the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame will issue the free-of-charge online quarterly Church Life under the general editorship of the Center for Liturgy.