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Cardinal says Catholics value constancy in the liturgy

The faithful want fidelity at Mass, not novelty, according to the Vatican's top liturgy official Cardinal Francis Arinze.

"What most of the people who come to Mass are asking for is simply that the Mass is there, according to the approved books," he told an international liturgy forum in Washington. "The primary thing they are asking for is not something new."

Cardinal Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, stressed that liturgical renewal in the church calls for "ongoing formation for all of us."

He also underlined "the importance of good sacred music" for liturgy, adding, "Nobody can doubt that, because it helps us to worship God, and also it helps us to maintain a sense of the sacred."

The Nigerian-born cardinal spoke briefly at the end of a three-hour forum on liturgical renewal in the United States.

Sponsored by the Secretariat for Liturgy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, it marked the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's 1963 Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

Catholic News Service

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
US Conference of Catholic Bishops - Committee on the Liturgy

21 May 2003