View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Interesting comments about the liturgy

The news is out that Pope Benedict XVI has named Father J. Augustine DiNoia an archbishop and secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

"I think the liturgy should give us a sense of the heavenly liturgy; it's about God, not us," Archbishop-designate DiNoia said to Catholic New Service June 16.

Looking at liturgy today, Archbishop-designate DiNoia said, "The great danger is when the focus is on the celebrating community" rather than on God.

It's about God, and not "community." Interesting.

I wonder what he will have to say in the future?


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11:36 AM  
Blogger GrandmaK said...

Interesting! Cathy

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

The secretary-elect should read Sacrosanctum Concilium 7.

That said, there is a distinction between an appropriate emphasis on the spiritual formation of the laity through the liturgy. Do these guys think good liturgy is a matter of following the right script while wearing the right clothes? When a priest spends hours preparing a homily, is it about him? When a choir rehearses for Mass and tries to get the notes, the timing, the tempo, and the balance just right, is it about them?

I wish we could get sensible comments from people in positions like this: encouragement for good preaching, good music, good art. A good case could be made that the focus on the rubrics, the human-made rules, rather than the God-centered content is itself indicative of a liturgy that is priest-centered, rather than properly focused on the sanctification of the faithful, as the Church teaches.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Rich Leonardi said...


You ought to read Sacrosanctum Concilium 8 and 22 (1-3).

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock music in church is not good music. Mosaic stained glass windows, or no stained glass, in place of windows containing the saints, is not good art.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

Rich, I'll go one better than you for just reading it. I'll leave it for the readers to judge why SC 8 mentions "we" six times in its small paragraph. Seems like a lot of "community" for something centered on God, eh?

7:06 PM  

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