Category Archives: Varietates Legitimae

Varietates Legitimae 53: Translation from Latin

Today we’ll begin a subsection (VL 53-61) that treats “Adaptations in the Liturgical Books.” These next discussions may help inform our next series on Liturgiam Authenticam, in which the CDWDS addresses just one topic, translation into the vernacular. In 1994, … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 52: Areas of Adaptation in the Roman Rite

VL’s Chapter IV considers those “areas of adaptation.” In this small section, we look ahead to this final topic of the document Varietates Legitimae, what we’ll be covering as we wrap up the final issues of inculturation in the Roman … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 49-51: Multiple Cultures

Finishing up VL’s consideration of prudence, I thought it would be helpful to link the last three sections of this sub-topic. 49. In a number of countries there are several cultures that coexist and sometimes influence each other in such … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 48: Acceptable/Unacceptable Local Customs

A very interesting section: 48. The constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium envisaged the admission of rites or gestures according to local custom into rituals of Christian initiation, marriage and funerals. (cf Nos. 65, 77, 81. Cf. Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum, Praenotanda, 30-31, … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 47: Avoiding Religious Syncretism

What about non-Christian religious practices, though morally and spiritually valuable? There is a notion that one religion is pretty much the same as another, but the Church wants to ensure that message is not what is communicated through the rites. … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 46: “Necessary Prudence”

VL 46-51 covers the sub-topic “necessary prudence.” In other words, just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should be done. A first appeal to Vatican II and everybody’s favorite (and unique) nod to organic development: 46. “Innovations should … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 44-45: Images and Devotion

VL considers images used for prayer: 44. The constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium has firmly maintained the constant practice of the church of encouraging the veneration by the faithful of images of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints, (SC 125, Lumen … Continue reading

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