19 February 2008

Pope says there's a problem

... with big stadium Masses. Father Z has a post stating that the Pope is taking a more direct control. Money quotation: "if there concelebrate, for example, a thousand priests, you don’t know if this is the structure the Lord wanted." The result?

In the USA and Australia, the Pope decided not to delegate any longer the organization of celebrations to third parties. And so he asked that, in the next days, that his Master of Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini, should fly across the oceans (both the Pacific and Atlantic) with the precise task of studying the locations to be used for the liturgical functions with the end of taking on direct responsibility for carrying out celebrations in those spaces; that the result might be Masses that are as vast as oceans, but at least characterized as much as possible with composure and discipline.

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