84. Popular piety, as an expression of ecclesial piety, is subject to the general discipline of Christian worship and to the Church’s pastoral authority which exercises a role of discernment and authentification in relation to it. The Church renews popular piety by placing it in fertile contact with the revealed Word, tradition and the Sacred Liturgy itself.
Not only authority, but a dialogue, if you will, with a certain trinity.
Some important reminders on relationship:
On the other hand, expressions of popular piety must always be open to the “ecclesiological principle” of Christian worship. In this way:
• popular piety can have a correct understanding of the relationship between the particular Church and the universal Church. When popular piety concentrates on local or immediate issues, it risks closing itself to universal values and to ecclesiological perspectives;
• the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Angels and Saints, and suffrage for the dead, should be set in the vast context of the relationship between the heavenly Church and the pilgrim Church on earth;
• the relationship between ministry and charism should be properly understood, while the former is necessary for divine worship, the latter is frequently found in manifestations of popular piety.
These “spectra” are also important in liturgy, are they not? How a local church expresses itself in the context of universal liturgy in terms of particular charisms of preaching, music, presidency, hospitality, etc..
Perhaps Catholics today have less than a full understanding of the full accounting of the Church. Do we see the heavenly contingent as significant? How do we perceive the role of the saints: something more than just intercession?
And the brief mention of ministry and charism above. It seems like the latter is the basis for all of the former. Otherwise, who are we ordaining, and what are they serving?
Thoughts on this?
The full document, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, is online at the Vatican site.