Varietates Legitimae 38: Adaptations Which Can Be Made

For readers exasperated with the theological, liturgical and pastoral preliminaries, today we have a preview of “adaptations which can be made,” part b of chapter III.

The next numbered sections of part bconsider language (39), music and singing (40), gestures, postures, and other movements (41-42), art (43), and devotions (44-45).

Longer sections will follow, but a short one for the moment:

38. In an analysis of a liturgical action with a view to its inculturation, it is necessary to consider the traditional value of the elements of the action and in particular their biblical or patristic origin (cf. above Nos. 21-26), because it is not sufficient to distinguish between what can be changed and what is unchangeable.

Not everything that can be changed should be changed.

Any comments?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Varietates Legitimae 38: Adaptations Which Can Be Made

  1. Liam says:

    “Not everything that can be changed should be changed.”

    I like that. I wish it could be paired with something like: “Remember that people often unaware of their own cognitive blind spots, so that they do not realize how their well intentioned proposals for change may result in things unforeseen.”

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