Monday, April 10, 2006

Why I Love Francis Cardinal Arinze

Francis Cardinal Arinze, the only other Catholic on the planet that I would have loved to see as Pope. In fact he was my number one favorite, number two being Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. This beautiful man of God, the prince of the Church, just reminded priests all over the world that they are "not free to add or subtract any details" from the official liturgy. This comes on the heels of an earlier Vatican pronouncement that the use of drums and guitars are outlawed from Church services. (I wonder if this applies to the Catholic Charismatic Center here in Houston. Technically they aren't a parish, but they are Catholic and they do have drums and guitars. Not to mention parishioners, err, congregates (?) jumping out of their seats and doing pirouette in the aisles during Mass while the priest hollers, yes hollers, in 'tongues'.) Anyways, Francis Cardinal Arinze is the Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Basically he makes sure of no liturgical or sacramental abuse. I wish I could have Cardinal Arinze join me in some of the Masses I attend here in Houston. It would be a great starting point to weed out a few malcontents who take it upon themselves to remove certain parts of the liturgy. But I digress. Subtracting or adding to the liturgy is a common abuse it seems in the Church worldwide, but having the Cardinal come down hard on some of these wayward priests and make examples of them would be an even better start. For more on this article click here. For more on his Excellency Francis Cardinal Arinze click here.


Anonymous said...

Drums and guitars outlawed by Rome???

Where? When?

Unknown said...

Go to the article itself.

Or try a Google, but yes, drums and guitars are no longer allowed.

Yeah, I was hoping for Arinze, too. He may yet make it.

If not, it would be nice to get someone like him as pope.

Unknown said...

Amen to that Paul, it would be nice to have him. I love nearly all the Nigerian prelates that I am aware, even the Episcopal Bishop of Nigeria, Akinola. These guys don't mince words!

Anonymous said...

The cardinal's comments come a week after proposals were announced by a Vatican commission to outlaw the use of drums and electric guitars from church services. [Emphesis mine.]

It appears to be a "proposal", and it refers to electric guitars.

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