Magazine article Anglican Journal

Vatican Cracks Down on 'Liturgical Abuses'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Vatican Cracks Down on 'Liturgical Abuses'

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Rome

(ENI)--The Vatican has severely criticized "liturgical abuses" that include the concelebration of the eucharist by Roman Catholic priests and ministers of Protestant denominations.

The criticism came in a document, Redemptionis Sacramentum (The Sacrament of Redemption), recently made public after being signed on March 25 by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The document notes with "great sadness" that "ecumenical initiatives which are well-intentioned, nevertheless indulge at runes in eucharistic practices contrary to the discipline by which the church expresses her faith."

Among serious offences the document lists, "The forbidden concelebration of the eucharistic sacrifice with ministers of Ecclesial Communities [Protestant denominations] that do not have the apostolic succession nor acknowledge the sacramental dignity of priestly ordination."

Rev. Sven Oppegaard, acting general secretary of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation (LWF), said the document was staring in the form of instructions the official rules governing the practices of the Roman Catholic church.

"The document affirms already established Roman Catholic parameters for eucharistic practice [pertaining to the sacrament of holy communion]," he noted. …

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