Father Simon Henry, who seems to be a priest after my own heart shares my own concern, today he draws attention to why the heirarchy should have implemented Redemptionis Sacramentum. It is so sad when one hears of Bishops using ceramic vessels, offering Mass sitting at a coffee table, dispensing with vestments, encouraging people to pass the Body and Blood of Christ from one another, or simply being incapable of following the rubrics or dressing appropriately.
One directive that has unambiguously come from "Rome" is the Instruction Sacramentis Redemptionem. This document says of itself that:Fr Simon then gives a whole list of things in the liturgy where what Rome wants is actively ignored.
" the Supreme Pontiff has mandated that this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, should prepare this Instruction."Couldn't be any clearer as coming from "Rome". It is:
"set forth for Bishops, as well as for Priests, Deacons and all the lay Christian faithful".
Couldn't be any clearer that it applies to everyone.
It says that the Instruction has been prepared because:
"In some places the perpetration of liturgical abuses has become almost habitual, a fact which obviously cannot be allowed and must cease. The observance of the norms published by the authority of the Church requires conformity of thought and of word, of external action and of the application of the heart."