Above the law

Above the law

How seriously do we expect parish priests to take Redemptionis Sacramentum when even the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ignores its precepts?

“The vestment proper to the Priest celebrant at Mass, and in other sacred actions directly connected with Mass unless otherwise indicated, is the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole.” Likewise the Priest, in putting on the chasuble according to the rubrics, is not to omit the stole. All Ordinaries should be vigilant in order that all usage to the contrary be eradicated.” [Redemptionis Sacramentum 123]

I’m not just nitpicking. How can we expect people to take the Church’s laws and precepts and teachings seriously if even her shepherds at the highest levels openly disregard them? It bespeaks a certain attitude toward the law.

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Domenico Bettinelli