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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/10/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Cardinal Wuerl leaves the opening meeting of the synod of bishops (CNS)

Cardinal Wuerl leaves the opening meeting of the synod of bishops (CNS)

A “tsunami of secularism” has washed across the world, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in his introductory address in Latin to the synod of bishops on the new evangelisation yesterday.

Catholic ethicists have hailed yesterday’s Nobel Prize in medicine award as an “important milestone” for supporters of adult stem-cell research.

The number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Vienna will fall from 660 to 150 over the next decade, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has announced.

Sixty-three American former Catholic priests have given their joint backing to plans to legalise same-sex marriage in Washington state.

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has ruled that “dance or drama within the Sacred Liturgy” is, in most cases, an abuse of “the liturgical law of the Roman Rite”.

Marshall Connolly argues that pious Catholics are helping to finance African wars.

And Joe Heschmeyer explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is like “a hard sudoku puzzle”.

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  • Nat_ons

    “The liturgical law of the Roman Rite does not foresee the use of dance or drama within the Sacred Liturgy, unless particular legislation has been enacted by the Bishops’ Conference and confirmed by the Holy See. Any other practice is to be considered an abuse.”
    At last, some good sense from a much abused – and justly abused – source of discipline.

    Dance, as an ethnic expression of joy, has no place in the Liturgy – any more than hippy-hip-shaking or whooping it up.

    However, in so far as it is a popular local means of expression, there is no reason whatever why bishops should not permit/ encourage it as a colourful part of devotion .. like processions et al.

  • teigitur

    The National “Catholic” reporter is unremittingly negative. You never hear anything about the massive increase of vocations in the traditional orders, for example. I suppose its because they hate tradition.

  • scary goat

    :-(       That was a bad idea coming here.  I’m depressed now.   Vienna, and ex-priests (and the high numbers) supporting gay-marriage in Washington.

    If the shortage of priests is that bad, wouldn’t it be better to allow married priests?  Generally I’m not greatly in favour, but I would prefer that than lay controlled communities with no priest.

  • Benedict Carter

    You put yer left leg in
    yer left leg outin out in out
    shake it all about
    do the Second Pentecost
    and you turn around
    That’s what it’s all about
    Oi! The Second Pentecost!
    Oi! The Second Pentecost!
    Oi! The Second Pentecost!
    That’s what it’s all about!

    (All fall over frothing at the mouth)Don’t be fooled by this ruling from Rome. EVERY TIME this results in the proliferation of the very abuse such a “ruling” apparently bans. “Liturgical dancing” will now become prevalent within the next 5-10 years. 

  • scary goat

     I hope you are wrong……I mean I seriously hope you are wrong.  It looks like it’s banned…..with a bit of a loophole.  What waits to be seen is how many squeeze through the loophole.

  • Nat_ons

    You mean that isn’t already the norm? I’m sure I went to just that sort of ‘service’, followed by a free for all jamboree in the open-plan ‘sanctuary’! I kid not.

    Sadly, Satan’s smoke still billows from the sanctuary .. and will continue so to do – it is a woeful cross to bear, yet I believe our all present suffering (and the sacrifice still to come) shall not be in vain.

    Reparation to the Sacred Heart (now generally neglected) is more in need than ever.