Lack of harmony in Rome concerning dance during liturgical ceremonies

Source: FSSPX News


In San Antonio, USA, on October 8, Cardinal Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, strongly criticized the “uncontrolled creativity” and the “over-fertile imagination”, which does not harmonize with “genuine inculturation.” The prelate recalled that inculturation is in no way an encouragement to practice “non-authorized liturgical celebrations.”

In an interview given to Corriere della Sera of October 15, Mgr. Piero Marini, master of pontifical liturgical celebrations, contrary to Cardinal Arinze, spoke in favor of the introduction “of legitimate cultural elements” in the liturgy. This was his response to the many criticisms of the pontifical liturgies of the last few years.

Among others, during a Mass of canonization of three missionaries on October 5, an African dance accompanied the offertory and an Indian dance, the consecration. This “spectacle” could not fail to arouse criticisms. In his reply, Mgr. Marini stressed that “if it were not appropriate to introduce dancing in Italian parishes, it did, however, have its place in missionary celebrations.” It was thus that during the beatification ceremony of Mother Teresa, Indian women, dressed in brightly colored saris, came and danced in front of the altar, with flowers and incense sticks, just before the Lord’s Prayer.