While I was out
So I thought I would reprint one of the latest decisions from Rome on the topic and post a video showing what they have in mind.
Prot. n. 666/14/L
Rome, 25 December 2014
Dear Mr. Xxxxx,
This Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments writes in response to your letter of 25 December 2008 (hey, I'm all alone at this damn old broken Olivetti, OK?) regarding the performances of a “liturgical dance and drama ministry” in your parish during which giant scary puppets literally scared the shit out of some of the children. Fortunately, as you noted, the senior citizens, retired priests, and elderly nuns were wearing DEPENDS.
The liturgical 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, both of which groups are too busy managing international collections to worry about such irrelevant nonsense.
Any other practice is to be considered just plain nuts.
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. It was always fun watching Cardinal Arinze do the Electric Slide at wedding receptions and solemn professions for LCWR congregations. Cardinal
You would be encouraged to bring this to the attention of those responsible in your parish. After the giant puppet fiasco, it will be a great way to piss them off!
Should any unlawful practices persist, the matter should be brought to the Bishop of the Diocese if you can get through the Chancery Guards both clerical and para-military.
With gratitude for your concern for the Sacred Liturgy, without which I'd have to be trying endlessly to get my Order to take me back, and with kind regards, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Anthony "Psycho" Ward, S & M