Sunday, January 15, 2017


And read the story from CBS HERE.

 Praytell is reporting that Pope Francis has named several priests, two lay women, and a layman as consultors for the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. They are predominantly liturgy faculty members in Europe, especially Italy, and several musical figures are also on the list. Among those named are Massimo Palombella, director of the Sistine Choir; the presidents of the pontifical institutes of sacred music in Rome and in Milan.

I don't know the others very well, but Msgr. Massimo Palombela has greatly improved the Sistine Choir, in fact it is now magnificent. 60 Minutes did a story on him and also how poor the choir was prior to him and even choir members remarked on it.

This is another description of the papal move and of the new appointees from ABC News:
Pope Francis is extending his controversial overhaul of the Vatican's liturgy department, adding a host of new advisers after an initial shake-up removed some leading conservative cardinals.
The 17 new advisers named Saturday include priests, laymen and two women. The experts in liturgy and theology join 27 cardinals and bishops named as full members in October. That reshuffling removed tradition-minded cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell from the roster, although other conservatives were kept on.

The office is responsible for ensuring Masses and other sacraments are celebrated around the world according to Vatican standards. It is headed by Guinea's conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah.

In July, the Vatican publicly reprimanded Sarah for urging priests to celebrate Mass facing away from the congregation, as was done in the pre-Vatican II-style Mass.

If Msgr. Palombella can help to assure that sacred music in the Liturgy is to his high standards, then I would say this is good news. 


Rood Screen said...

I'm trying to imagine some way in which Palombela could have some modest influence on sacred music.

John Nolan said...

The CDW under Cardinal Arinze issued Redemptionis Sacramentum thirteen years ago with the aim of correcting widespread liturgical abuse. It was completely ignored.

Any improvement in liturgical practice, including the weeding-out of inappropriate music, needs to be bottom-up, not top-down.

DJR said...

One can witness true liturgy at the link, offered by Metropolitan Skurla.

Anonymous said...

DJR, Liturgy as it should be, each doing their part. It's a joy of being eastern catholic.

TJM said...

John Nolan, why are so many priests and bishops racist to ignore a document issued by an African prelate?

rcg said...

TJM, you're fishing with dynamite, LOL!

Even if they are racist, they have been equally contemptuous of instruction and input from other sources, so it doesn't matter.

The Liturgy that sprang from Vatican II seems to be the produce of that garden. It seems, the more I learn of it, to be disoriented and unanchored as well as insufficient. Its redemption seems to rely on the idea that it can be accomplished with dignity, yet its distinguishing characteristic is that it does not have to be.

TJM said...

When the "Bugnini Special" was promulgated, they proudly entitled it Novus Ordo Missae. I think we should take these loons are their word and treat this concocted liturgy as a breach with 1800 years of organic growth. God Bless Pope Benedict for trying, but we should start over with the EF as the base with "no innovations unless the good of the Faithful can be demonstrated" to paraphrase Sacrasanctum Concilium