Via L.A. Catholic
A Catholic News Service article in this
week’s issue of The Tidings quotes Vatican II luminary Cardinal
Gottfried Danneels of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, as making an
“‘The active involvement of the people in the liturgy is an
unparalleled gift of the [Second Vatican] council to the people of
God,’ he said.
“While endorsing that participation, he also cautioned that ‘there is a
shadow side’ to it.
“‘Participation and mutual celebration can lead to a subtle form of
manipulation…. Those who serve the liturgy, both priests and laity,
become its owners’ instead of its servants, he said. This can lead to
trivializing the liturgy, eliminating the sacred and turning it from
the worship it is supposed to be into a mere social event, he added.
“Cardinal Danneels said the trend he was describing is not universal,
but it would be wrong to ignore it in any serious attempt to evaluate
the state of liturgical practice some 40 years after the council.”
Cardinal Danneels said these things, and others, on Oct. 25 at a
liturgical conference at the Catholic Univetsity of America.
These points by Cardinal Danneels have also been made for the past 40
years by so many Catholics whom the liberals continue to deride as
Wow, I didn’t know Cardinal Danneels was a traditionalist. Did you?
The Cardinal could easily be
the most progressive member of the college with his support for condom
use and being a past president of Pax Christi, so this makes
his commentary all the more interesting and harder to dismiss.
The experimentation that has taken place within the liturgy
shows exactly this idea of people seeing themselves as owners of the
liturgy than as servants to it.