No more than three days after I penned
the article on today's liturgical innovation becoming
the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline
of the Sacraments (CDW) issued this response to a dubium
on "liturgical dance and drama ministry":
law of the Roman Rite does not foresee the use of dance
or drama within the Sacred Liturgy, unless particular
legislation has been enacted by the Bishops' Conference
and confirmed by the Holy See. Any other practice is to
be considered an abuse."
dance in the Mass is currently, for the moment, an
"abuse." However, if enough liturgical dancers in your
nation can convince your Bishops' Conference (which has
zero ecclesiastical authority under Canon Law) to enact
"legislation" (as if they were congress) confirmed by
the Holy See (i.e. the CDW) then dancing is no longer an
abuse, but magically becomes an officially sanctioned
part of the Mass!
The response by
the CDW also went on to state, "These activities could,
however, be useful outside the sacred liturgy in the
work of catechesis and evangelization, if appropriately
directed by the Bishop and his clergy."
tide you innovators over, until you can ram dancing
legislation through your Bishop's Conference and we can
confirm it, feel free to dance until your heart's
content outside the liturgy as long as your Bishop is ok
Once again the
premise is confirmed by the CDW that previously unheard
of and deleterious liturgical innovations are only to be
considered "abuses" and therefore "bad" if an
administrative organ of the Vatican says so. However, if
said administrative organ, at some time in the future,
says such "abuses" are good, they become good!
After forty years
of opposing and mocking liturgical dance as a ridiculous
"abuse" and distancing the practice from the New Mass,
it will be interesting to see the inevitable about-face
on this issue from the Neo-Catholic media. Having
joined in the liberals' flawed premise of legal
positivism in the Church, the self-styled "conservative"
Neo-Catholics have unwittingly become nothing more than
the useful idiots of the Catholic left. Each liturgical
victory for the innovators is eventually accepted by the
Neo-Catholics as legitimate and then defended as
conservative as compared to the liberals' next
liturgical move towards Modernism. As we have seen for
the last 40 years, this strategy only keeps leading us
in one direction.