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Backs to the wall: Can bishops ban 'ad orientem'?

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Jan 28, 2022.

  1. Michie

    Michie Standing by the Ukraine. Supporter

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    U.S. dioceses in recent weeks have seen new liturgical policies introduced in response to Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditiones custodes.

    But while the pope’s new laws pertain to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, some dioceses have also announced new policies pertaining to the Ordinary Form, and especially to the ad orientem liturgical posture.

    The Diocese of Venice, Florida, announced Tuesday that priests are required to obtain permission from the diocesan bishop or vicar general before offering Mass in the ad orientem posture. Late last month, the Archdiocese of Chicago also announced that priests could not offer Mass in the ad orientem posture without permission.

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  2. Lady Bug

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    This would pizz me off. My current parish does ad orientem and it's one of the defining features of their worship.
     
  3. chevyontheriver

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    Most of the bishops who have addressed this in the negative have been careful to not outright forbid it but to say the priests need to ask permission. So what I think I will do is ask my priest for ad orientem and see if he will ask his bishop. If nobody asks then everybody presumes there is no desire for it. And we get discouraged even more. If a bishop had to handle requests frequently, even if he denies them all, he might sense that something is up.
     
  4. Michie

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    Great suggestion Chevy.
     
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