- Oct 30, 2020
In the wake of recent comments by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s chief liturgy official, a debate has broken out over whether celebrating Mass ad orientem, facing East, or facing the people is the right posture. Ironically enough, Father Dwight Longenecker says, both sides turn out to be correct.
Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican’s top liturgical official, insists God is the center of worship rather than “people, personalities and human achievements,” which he claims have become too prominent in recent decades– and that’s why he wants the ad orientem posture, facing East, brought back to the Mass.
Perhaps the Catholic Church hasn’t always lived up to this aspect of her mission, but it’s worth remembering, in an era in which Catholicism is sometimes accused of resisting multiculturalism, that it was actually the world’s original multicultural body.
Whenever the voiceless and vulnerable — those whose moral value is inconvenient to recognize — are violently discarded, the Church is called to stand for the least among us.
VATICAN CITY — The former secretary to a saint, and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals, died May 26 at the age of 100. Italian Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan. John XXIII was
One of the great achievements of the liturgical movement in the twentieth century was the recovery of the centrality of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ for Christian life, thought, and practice. Certainly, the restoration of the Easter Triduum in the 1950s played a key role in the renewed realization