Friday, February 23, 2007

What the Bishops wanted

I thought it would be useful, with the imminent signing and publication of the Holy Father's Exhortation following the 2005 Synod on the Eucharist, to remind myself and you, what the Synod Fathers actually suggested, so look here, the Holy Father suggested that they should come up some propositions that could be the baisis of a document that he would publish as the post synodal exhortation. Most seem to be about deepening a sense of reverence, increasing the degree of actual participation in the Mass.
What fascinates me is the radical suggestions of the Bishop's which seem very much within the Church's Tradition, and an attempt to return to an authentic re-presentation of Sacramentum Concillium, the Vatican II's document on the liturgy.
There have been several documents that have been issued in recent years on the Eucharist, most have been ignored or at least have had little impact

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