Varietates Legitimae 70: Conclusion

Tonight we wrap up our discussion on Varietates Legitimae:

70. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments presents these rules to the episcopal conferences to govern the work of liturgical inculturation envisaged by the Second Vatican Council as a response to the pastoral needs of peoples of different cultures. Liturgical inculturation should be carefully integrated into a pastoral plan for the inculturation of the Gospel into the many different human situations that are to be found. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments hopes that each particular church, especially the young churches, will discover that the diversity of certain elements of liturgical celebrations can be a source of enrichment, while respecting the substantial unity of the Roman rite, the unity of the whole church and the integrity of the faith transmitted to the saints for all time (cf. Jude 3).

The present instruction was prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by order of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who approved it and ordered that it be published.

What have we learned from all this?

First, that this document is directed more to mission areas, and not countries in which the Church is considered established within a European/Christian/Catholic culture.

Second, that the CDWDS wants to know. They want to be involved in every level of serious liturgical variance from the ritual books. But they do provide a substantive background in Scripture and tradition for the possibility of liturgical inculturation.

Third, Rome still had its eye on the value and importance of assembly participation. Liturgical inculturation is dependent on that factor. Not what foreign clergy are accustomed to. Not what local clergy or ministers would like to do.

I’m sure there are other points I’ve missed here that you’ve noted as we’ve combed through this document. Before we get to Liturgiam Authenticam, what have you seen?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Varietates Legitimae 70: Conclusion

  1. Liam says:

    This was a good document to review.

    My open questions, previously expressed, focus at the underdevelopment of the local practice perspective.

    Right now, I am not sure I’d like to see that “developed”, but a more fruitful time in the future?

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