Saturday, 16 August 2008

Cardinal Arinze On Liturgical Dance...

...why is it that Tabletista liberal types always want to have bongo drums and liturgical dance, and claim that this is more "inclusive" because dance as worship is the culture of Africa and Asia?

In my experience, some of the more respectful, reverent, and traditionally minded people I have encountered are African or Asian. They can appreciate the beauty of liturgical vestments, Latin and plainchant just as well as us Western types. And Western church acoustics are not suited to bongo drums, however reverently they're played! Western churches are not suitably adapted for dance either...

Cardinal Arinze sets the record straight: the graceful movements of both African and Asian peoples is part of worship, and is an expression of joy... it is NOT "dance," and the Latin Rite should have no truck with so-called liturgical dance during the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments. Definitive answer. End of.



The bit about dance starts at 3:18

"Dance is not known in the Latin Rite of the Mass... Our Congregation has considered it for years... the directive we give from our Congregation is this: in the strict Liturgy, that means the Mass, the sacraments, Europe and America should not talk of Liturgical Dance at all..."

5 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

I'll believe he's serious, when people like Mahoney get called to task for it. [See Fr. Blake's blog for Mahoney's latest travesty.]

Mac McLernon said...

Ummm... Karen, that was my previous post also!

Kris said...

Thank you for posting this. I am living in a parish that has just designated one of its sunday masses for a Praise and Worship rock group made up of young adults. Why do we think that making the Catholic Church more Protestant in its worship is somehow more "with it" and "modern"? I was speaking to some of our new converts (last year's RCIA class) who were completely baffled and discouraged when they happened upon this mass unsuspectingly. I feel sorry for the refugees this sort of thing produces. As for the dancing, I wish he would publish these statements, I could wave them in the faces of many of my sisters, in a most charitable fashion, of course (yes, you guessed it, I'm a religious. And definitely in the minority when it comes to matters of liturgical taste).

Mac McLernon said...

Sister Kris... you have my deepest sympathies. And prayers too!

(Oh, and BTW, thank you for responding to God's call so generously!)

Anonymous said...

the ipod end was one of the best things i have seen. If only we could see Benedict dancing to his latest Rosary itune. Sorry, i meant "express his joy"

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