Day #79: Sacrosanctum Concilium 37-40

Once again our reading from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy looks at the norms.  This time we look at “Norms for adapting the Liturgy to the culture and traditions of peoples.”

This section speaks of the allowance for variations based on the needs of the local population (provided it is “not indissolubly bound up with superstition and error”).

This is a point about which confusion abounds.  The most important part to remember is that all such provisions always refer back to Article 22,2:

“In virtue of power conceded by the law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of competent territorial bodies of bishops legitimately established.”

In other words, such adaptations properly go through the local conference of bishops.

No Scripture references or footnotes today.


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