The liturgy must lead to unity, not to division!

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Pope Francis has said the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues”.

May 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares
Pope Francis has said the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues”.

“I emphasize again that the liturgical life and its study should lead to greater unity of the Church, not to division. When liturgical life is a bit like a banner of division, there is the stench of the devil, the deceiver in there,” the Pope said.

“It is not possible to worship God by making the liturgy a battleground for issues that are not essential, even outdated, and to take sides from the liturgy, with ideologies that divide the Church “.

Speaking recently during an audience with the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope said he believed “every reform creates resistance.”

Pope Francis recalled the reforms made as a child by Pope Pius XII, particularly when Pius XII reduced the requirement of fasting before receiving Holy Communion and reintroduced the Easter Vigil.

“All these things outraged closed-minded people. It happens today too,” he said.

“Indeed, these closed-minded people use the liturgical framework to defend their points of view. Using the liturgy: this is the drama that we experience in ecclesial groups which move away from the Church, question the Council, the authority of the bishops… to preserve tradition. And the liturgy is for that.

The School of Liturgy of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute has had an increasing influence in liturgical norms coming from the Vatican.

The secretary and undersecretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship were both trained by the institute, which was established in 1961 by Pope John XXIII as part of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo.

Andrea Grillo, one of Sant’Anselmo’s most prominent theology professors, was a vigorous advocate of Traditionis custodes, the motu proprio issued by Pope Francis in 2021 that restricted masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Pope Francis further warned against “the temptation of liturgical formalism,” which he said can be seen today “in those movements that attempt to go back a bit and deny the Second Vatican Council itself. same”.

Pope Francis delivered his speech from a wheelchair. The 85-year-old Pope has been making public appearances in a wheelchair since May 5 due to a torn ligament in his right knee. –CNA

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