Oct 9, 2005

Synod bishop says mega-Masses not conducive to dignified worship

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In an address to a synod of bishops meeting at the Vatican, Bishop Javier Echevarria Rodriguez said such large-scale celebrations could sometimes be a detriment to the "sacred nature" of the mass.

According to an excerpt of his speech given out to reporters and a briefing by a spokesman, Echevarria said the Church should "re-think whether Eucharistic celebrations (masses) with an excessive number of concelebrants is opportune".

This was not a popular thing to say in light of the fact that mega-Masses were a unique feature of the pontificate of the beloved John Paul II, but I think the good bishop has a point.



Anonymous Sock said...

With due respect to the Bishop, I’m not concerned. If there were any detriments to the sacred nature of the Mass, they would surly be corrected by the local Episcopal authority and, if necessary, Rome would intervene. This is obviously an overreaction by Bishop Rodriguez.

Next thing we’ll here about is a rumor that Hindus are worshiping at the altar in Fatima.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it a shame that the inside of St. Peter's never seems to be used anymore for big occasions, such as canonisations.

8:07 PM  

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