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Handling Liturgical Abuse

1) Pray for patience and Christian charity.

2) Talk to the pastor. There is a possibility that he is only ignorant and would be happy to do what is right if he knew what right was.

3) Get a sufficient number of orthodox Catholics who are liturgically literate onto the parish liturgy committee to influence the voting.

4)Write to the bishop. This will possibly result in nothing but a cursory letter acknowledging your concern, but it is the proper procedure to follow.

5)If the matter is of extreme seriousness, such as made up eucharistic prayers or heretical homilies, write to the St. Joseph Foundation :
11107 Wurzbach, #601B
San Antonio, TX 78230-2570
Even though this organization is swamped with requests for help, they are often able to provide clear legal advice and documentation.

6)If the matter cannot (or will not) be handled by the bishop, write to the Apostolic Nuncio:
Most Rev, Gabriel Montalvo
Apostolic Pro Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
fax 202-337-4036

7) Write to the Congregation for Divine Worship:
His Eminence Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estevez
Prefect Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
Palazzo delle Congrazioni Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Roma

Make sure that no matter what you do, always act in Christian charity and document everything (dates, locations, comments).  Often, it is the detail of a complaint that forces action. If the complaint is vague, it is very easy for it to be dismissed as a "misunderstanding." Also, never forget to pray for those involved. These people are misguided and need calm assistance, not antagonism.



Related Documents

  1. Instruction on Certain Norms Concerning the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery

 
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