Redemptionis Sacramentum 183-184

The sixth and final section of the eighth chapter. Let’s review the matter of “Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters.”

[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favoritism.

[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. [Cf. Code of Canon Law 1417 § 1] It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity.

I’m not sure when it would be “impossible” to lodge that complaint with the bishop. Going first to the bishop would seem in no way to deny the “primacy” of the Bishop of Rome. But it will be interesting to see how the reform of the curia will result in a body more in service to the bishops rather than serve as an arm of Roman authority or “primacy.” Bishop, after all, are part of the most ancient tradition. The curia, as a bureaucracy, is admittedly well-regarded most often when its own opinions align with its observers.

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2 Responses to Redemptionis Sacramentum 183-184

  1. FrMichael says:

    What’s with the quotation marks around the word “primacy” with respect to the Pope? The Roman Pontiff’s primacy over the Church is acknowledged multiple times, most recently and infallibly by both Vatican Councils.

  2. Todd says:

    “Primacy” is a quote, not irony. I don’t see such primacy extending to what is essentially the chancery of the diocese of Rome.

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