Redemptionis Sacramentum 108-109

Chapter V of Redemptionis Sacramentum (108-128) reviews “Certain Other Matters Concerning the Eucharist.” These matters include vestments (121-128), vessels (117-120), and a variety of “circumstances” (110-116).

In today’s post, we’ll just look at “The Place for the Celebration of Holy Mass.” If it can’t be “sacred,” at the very least it must be “decent.”

[108.] “The celebration of the Eucharist is to be carried out in a sacred place, unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise. In this case the celebration must be in a decent place.” [Code of Canon Law 932 §
1; Liturgicae Instaurationes 9]
 The diocesan Bishop shall be the judge for his diocese concerning this necessity, on a case-by-case basis.

Bishops judge, not parish pastors.

[109.] It is never lawful for a Priest to celebrate in a temple or sacred place of any non-Christian religion.

This makes logical sense, and I can’t imagine any possible exception. Such an act would be a gesture of mutual disrespect.

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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 Redemptionis Sacramentum 108-109

  1. Liam says:

    Here’s a clue to help discern: where hatred of one’s life in this world is inverted/redirected egoism, it’s not what Jesus was talking about. People in 12-step recovery might have something to offer to illuminate this point further….

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