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Liturgy abuse document set for release

The long-awaited Vatican document on liturgical abuse has been signed by Pope John Paul II and is could be released by the end of this month.

Pope John Paul II requested the document in his April 2003 encyclical, Ecclesia da Eucharistia. It is expected to prescribe closer adherence to liturgical rules and less local "experimentation".

On 2 April, Congregation for Divine Worship prefect Cardinal Francis Arinze (pictured) told a Vatican press conference of the aim "to promote an examination of conscience and the assumption of initiatives for confronting abuses that have been introduced".

His reference to the frustration abuses sometimes cause in the faithful is thought to be an allusion to the mail the Congregation receives from people upset by deviation from liturgical norms.

It's expected the document will attempt to rein in those resistant to Vatican II liturgical norms, in addition to those who use them to justify experimentation.

"The Holy Father says often that Vatican II led to some very good things, but also some shadows," Cardinal Arinze told the National Catholic Reporter's John Allen. "He asked us to go into the details."

The document has been unusually controversial in that last year, details were leaked from a draft of the text which denounced a long string of liturgical errors and called on bishops to correct them.

Among other things, the draft insisted on limiting the role of lay ministers, prohibited liturgical dance, warned against use of non-approved texts, cautioned against pseudo-liturgical rites by and for women and discouraged distribution of Communion under both species.

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Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

14 Apr 2004