Saturday, August 1, 2009

The HermCon in the CCC: "Remove from the liturgy...everything not in conformity with the truth of faith and authentic beauty"

The hermeneutic of continuity is found reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. What is true and beautiful is to be promoted and what is not is to be removed.

"For this reason bishops, personally or through delegates, should see to the promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its forms and, with the same religious care, remove from the liturgy and from places of worship everything which is not in conformity with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of sacred art."
-- CCC 2503

Apathy and lethargy with regard to the reform of the liturgy is hereby excluded. An erroneous notion of "local custom" does not legitimize innovations or whimsical insertions which take advantage of the vagueness of liturgical instructions.

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