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The vacancy at the head of the Vatican’s congregation for worship is an opening for a liturgical overhaul in the Church, a Jesuit commentator believes.

Writing in the National Catholic Reporter, Fr Thomas Reese SJ stated that liturgical reform was stalled by the papacies of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

True liturgical reform aims to “revise liturgical practices to allow people to celebrate their Christian faith in ways that better fit contemporary culture”, Fr Reese said. The former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, has been appointed Archbishop of Valencia in Spain.

The greatest challenge facing the new prefect is to develop a new way of managing liturgical change in the Church, Fr Reese said. He proposed a “more intelligent and pastoral approach to liturgical change”.   

Source: Cathnews www..cathnews.co.nz

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