Sacra Liturgia 2013

Vatican Insider has published an interview with the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, Dominique Rey, the main organizer of Sacra Liturgia 2013, an international conference to be held in Rome, June 25-28.

Several of his remarks attempt to assuage worries that under Pope Francis the leadership in Rome will take a different direction in liturgy than it had under Pope Benedict.

Do you think the path of liturgical renewal set out by Pope Benedict can continue under Francis? How?

The Sacred Liturgy was one of the great themes of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, and he did much to teach us about the ars celebrandi and to allow the riches of the old liturgy once again to be available freely. We owe him a lot, and in some ways our conference will be a tribute to his work.

Pope Francis does not have to do Pope Benedict’s work all over again. He can put his energies into making progress in other areas.

You can read the full article here.


  1. A visit to the home page for this conference, where there is a full list of topics and speakers says enough to let me know that both the organizer and his sponsors have a very focussed agenda. For those on the same page as them theologically/liturgically I’m sure it will be gathering they will enjoy. It doesn’t have much to say to someone like myself working in Asia, in a multi-cultural and inter-religious environment. Look forward to hearing news of conferences and symposia this year that speak to the wider Church, the Church of the south, the Church of Africa and Asia.

  2. The conference doesn’t have much to say to people working in Asia Fr. Kelleher? You must have missed the participation of ++Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, one of the featured speakers, himself an Asian and an active Archbishop of an archdiocese in that continent. No one can deny the cardinal’s broad experience working in a multi-cultural and inter-religious environment in Asia.

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