Mar 18, 2007

Are they really "on the same page?"

A clearly sincere anonymous commenter on a recent post here believes that Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal Rigali and Pope Benedict XVI "are on the same page" about placement of tabernacles.

He or she says that because in his new Apostolic Exhortation the Pope allows for Blessed Sacrament chapels.

But the Holy Father also says, " churches which do not have a Blessed Sacrament chapel, and where the high altar with its tabernacle is still in place, it is appropriate to continue to use this structure for the reservation and adoration of the Eucharist, taking care not to place the celebrant's chair in front of it."

That blows the "being on the same page" argument out of the water, because, as we know to our regret, Cardinal Mahony and other U.S. bishops have been wreckovating such churches to blast the tabernacle out and away to somewhere else and to destroy the sanctuary altogether.

Many bishops have even demolished such churches entirely and have practically sown salt in the ground, with no regard whatsoever for their architectural and historical significance, let alone the tremendous sacrifices of the Catholic laity whose long years of toil paid for them.

We also know that Canon 938, section 2, says, "The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved should be placed in a part of the church that is prominent, conspicuous, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer."

Wreckovation does not square with that. Nor does the destruction of churches.

So much for "being on the same page," unfortunately.


Blogger Dad29 said...

Frankly, I don't think that B-16 and Cdl Mahony are in the same BOOK, much less on the same page.

10:18 AM  

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