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Vatican rules against cathedral renovation

The Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has reportedly ruled against controversial plans for a $A8.8 million renovation to a cathedral in the US.

A canon lawyer in Rome to represent opponents of the proposed renovation to St John's Cathedral, Milwaukee, told a local newspaper that the Congregation issued a letter on Saturday describing Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland's renovation plans violated liturgical norms.

However Archdiocesan communications director Jerry Topczewski insisted its concerns were insignificant and could be resolved quickly.

"Cardinal [Jorge Medina, the Congregation's Prefect,] outlined four specific concerns," Topczewski said. "The archbishop has looked at those and believes that, without much problem, they can be addressed to everyone's satisfaction. In the big scheme of things, these are minor things and can be easily handled."

Local opponents represented to the Congregation their objections to plans to move the cathedral's altar forward into the congregation, to replace pews with portable chairs that have kneelers, to remove some side altars, to move the tabernacle from the sanctuary into a side chapel, and to make other changes.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal