The Absolute Worst Liturgical Abuses


SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

The Absolute Worst Liturgical Abuses

By Jimmy Akin, Catholic apologist

 

In 2004 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued an instruction titled Redemptionis Sacramentum. This document introduced a way of ranking liturgical abuses by severity. It offered a three-fold division, classifying them as “graviora delicta” (Latin, “more grave offenses”), “grave matters,” and “other abuses.” 
The examples it gave were not exhaustive, but it indicated several of the absolute worst abuses by putting them in the graviora delicta category. Here are seven things you should know.

 
 

#1 Special Handling 
These offenses are so grave that the Church has a special procedure for handling reports of them. Instead of being handled on the ordinary, diocesan level, they are handled by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome. 

#2 Sacrilege with the Sacred Species 
The first of the graviora delicta that is reserved to the CDF is “taking away or retaining the consecrated species for sacrilegious ends, or throwing them away.” 
For example, taking the consecrated Host to use in a Satanic or other non-Christian ritual or pouring the Precious Blood down a sacrarium. (A sacrarium is a special sink in churches that drains into the earth rather than the sewer system.) 
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Categories: Liturgical Abuses

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  1. Has anyone given any thought to the other sort of abuses/waste that has taken place — old FOGEY ” princes of the church ” sit down perhaps over some scotch or wine and decide to tweak around various words and rituals — The latest is all the bits and pieces of words introduced in to the rituals — ” the LORD be with you ” — the response has been tweaked TO ” and with your SPIRIT ” — words of the HOLIEST OF ALL –the CONSECRATION have been TWEAKED/ ALTERED — does this mean that all the PREVIOUS CONSECRATIONS that have taken place over the years ARE INVALID ????
    REMEMBER the HUGE DISASTER when these same old idiot FOGEYS in their CRIMSON ROBES tweaked and fiddled with the words of ” THE OUR FATHER ” — ??????
    Has anyone given any thought to the WASTE of ALL THE Holy Books — Missals et al which had to be destroyed — and REPRINTED — what a waste of MONEY TIME AND RESOURCES — just because some silly OLD FOGEYS in their dotage sat on their gilded thrones and took these ridiculous decisions
    OR IS IT SOME NEXUS to let the printers make some money ????
    AND WE HAVE TO BLINDLY FOLLOW — ?????

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