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Vatican II liturgical reform ‘irreversible,’ pope says

The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

“After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible,” Pope Francis told participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week.

The pope’s speech to the 800 participants on 24th August was the longest and most systematic talk he has given as pope on the theme of the liturgy since Vatican II.

Instead of reconsidering the council’s reforms, he said, priests and liturgists should work on “rediscovering the decisions made” in reforming the liturgy, “internalising its inspirational principles and observing the discipline that governs it.”

The National Liturgical Week is sponsored by the Liturgical Action Centre, which organises liturgical training as well as national, regional and diocesan conventions to ‘disseminate and promote liturgical pastoral guidelines proposed by the Italian bishops’ conference,’ according to its website.

Picture: Pope Francis gives a blessing during an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on 24th August. (CNS photo/Giorgio Onorati, EPA).