Sunday, March 29, 2015

HAPPY TO OBLIGE


I received a link to this story twice this morning so apparently someone has just discovered it and thinks its new. As usual, it's another opportunity for our education. Let us proceed:

The title of the story reads: 

APPROVAL FOR CELEBRATIONS OF NEO-CATECHUMENAL WAY

So it would probably be easy for someone to assume that it's a reference to an approval for the neo-cat version of the Mass. 

It's not.


First, it's not new. The story is dated January 20, 2012. And in fact, it is one of the most embarrassing chapters in Kiko's history. 

Kiko and Carmen had thought that they had engineered the perfect coup. They had worked with their lap dog prefects and dicastery heads to compose a document approving their version of the liturgy. It was to be handed to Pope Benedict on January 20, 2012 and he was to dutifully read it. 

But there was a problem.

Benedict decided to study it before he read it. And when he did he saw what Kiko was trying to do and immediately put the kibosh on it. 

Kiko had invited everyone to the big event. The pope was going to finally approve their liturgy. Instead, they got a lecture from Benedict and a real papal slap down. 

Sandro Magister documents the whole thing here.

Read the relevant section of the pope's words first and then I'll explain.

"Now, pursuant to articles 131 and 133 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Apostolic Constitution 'Pastor Bonus' on the Roman Curia, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, having received the 'nulla osta' of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, grants approval to those celebrations contained in the Catechetical Directory of the Neo-Catechumenal Way which are not, by their nature, already regulated by the liturgical books of the Church". 

Did you get that? The neocats can do whatever celebrations are in the their Catechetical Directory (certain rites of passage, etc.), but they are not permitted to mess with those celebrations which are "already regulated by the liturgical books of the Church." That would be the Roman Missal and the General Instruction for the Roman Missal (GIRM). 

Ummm, that would be THE MASS and the celebration of the other sacraments. 

It's quite funny to see this again three years later. But hey, if you want to publicly embarrass Kiko and the kikos all over again, I will oblige. 

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