Friday, April 15, 2005

Cardinal’s remarks set tone for liturgy gathering

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An HTML text version of Cardinal Arinze's Keynote Address is here.
The Mass is a vital celebration of the central mysteries of our salvation and should never be arbitrarily altered. So wrote Cardinal Francis Arinze in his keynote address for the 2005 Gateway Liturgical Conference Downtown April 8.

The cardinal frequently quoted from the pope’s encyclical letter, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia," and the Instruction of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, "Redemptionis Sacramentum." Among other sources, he also cited the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" several times to support his statements on liturgical norms and liturgical piety.

Also at the keynote address, welcoming and thanking presenters and participants alike, was Archbishop Raymond L. Burke. The archbishop said he hoped those who heard the cardinal’s address would have “a deepening appreciation for the Sacred Liturgy, and a deeper understanding of how to grow in liturgical piety; that is, how to have a deeper love for Christ as He comes to us in the Sacred Liturgy and how to express that love of Christ coming to us in the Sacred Liturgy through a fidelity for liturgical discipline.”

He noted that “in ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia,’ ‘Redemptionis Sacramentum,’ ‘Mane Nobiscum Domine’ (the pope’s apostolic letter on the occasion of the Year of the Eucharist) and the ‘General Instruction of the Roman Missal’ we will find the direction that we need in order to make our celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments as faithful and as beautiful as possible.”

A PDF version of the full text of Cardinal Francis Arinze’s remarks may be found at
Full article here.

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