Cardinal Sarah Unloads Barage of Criticism of Liturgical Abuses in Address

Here are some bullets from his speech March 29 in Germany on the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Taken from Fatima Network article by Christopher Ferrera:

• “But most of the time, this ‘reform’ [of the liturgy]… was carried out in a superficial spirit and on the basis of only one criterion: to suppress at all costs a heritage that must be perceived as totally negative and outmoded so as to excavate a gulf between the time before and the time after the Council.”

• “However we cannot close our eyes to the disaster, the devastation and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused by remodeling the Church’s liturgy according to their ideas.”

• “The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the Christian faithful but also and especially among many priests and bishops, has made us incapable of understanding the Eucharistic liturgy as a sacrifice…”

• “There is often a sacrilegious tendency to reduce the Holy Mass to a simple convivial meal, the celebration of a profane feast, the community’s celebration of itself, or even worse, a terrible diversion from the anguish of a life that no longer has meaning or from the fear of meeting God face to face, because His glance unveils and obliges us to look truly and unflinchingly at the ugliness of our interior life.”

• “Even today, a significant number of Church leaders underestimate the serious crisis that the Church is going through: relativism in doctrinal, moral and disciplinary teaching, grave abuses, the desacralization and trivialization of the Sacred Liturgy, a merely social and horizontal view of the Church’s mission.”

• “Many believe and declare loud and long that Vatican Council II brought about a true springtime in the Church. Nevertheless, a growing number of Church leaders see this ‘springtime’ as a rejection, a renunciation of her centuries-old heritage, or even as a radical questioning of her past and Tradition.”

• “The Gospel and [R]evelation themselves are ‘reinterpreted’, ‘contextualized’ and adapted to decadent Western culture.”

• “…devastation, destruction and wars have followed and persisted these days at the liturgical, doctrinal and moral level, because they claim that no era has been capable of understanding the ‘evangelical ideal’ as well as ours.”

• “Many refuse to face up to the Church’s work of self-destruction through the deliberate demolition of her doctrinal, liturgical, moral and pastoral foundations.”

• “While more and more voices of high-ranking prelates stubbornly affirm obvious doctrinal, moral and liturgical errors that have been condemned a hundred times and work to demolish the little faith remaining in the people of God, while the bark of the Church furrows the stormy sea of this decadent world and the waves crash down on the ship, so that it is already filling with water…”

  • Athanasius Reliquiae

    Cardinal Sarah’s greatest condemnation should go towards his boss – one Jorge Bergoglio – who is by far, the worst offender.

    A man who fails to genuflect at the miracle of Consecration, but then kneels to wash the feet of Muslim women.

  • Joe De Carlo

    There is going to be a big split in the church if Bergolio doesn’t resign.