Catholic World News is reporting that the long-awaited new document on the liturgy from the Vatican will be released soon. And—surprise!—all the strongly conservative rules leaked to the press back in September will have been removed.
The document was promised by John Paul II last April when his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia was published. It is supposed to be juridical in nature, laying down rules and regulations for the liturgy, reining in all the innovations and abuses that have multiplied since Vatican II. The Congregation for Divine Worship was under pressure to produce a document that doesn’t cause controversy by taking “extreme” positions,” so it is basically a repetition of previous Vatican statements.
Again, regardless of whether it was a draconian law or easygoing guidelines, the real question is whether it will be enforced. That can only be determined by action from diocesan bishops and the Vatican. We shall see.