“Ritual diversities already exist in different dioceses in various respects, including the position of [the] priest during the Holy Eucharist,” he said.
“The resolution therefore called for an official recognition of this liturgical variant of the Holy Eucharist by the Church. The withdrawal of the existing exemption will lead to major conflicts and pastoral crises in the parishes.”
The meeting followed the release of a Feb. 28 letter from Cardinal Sandri that called on Archbishop Kariyil to revoke a dispensation from a decision by the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church to introduce the uniform liturgy.
The letter, addressed to Cardinal Alencherry, said: “If dispensation is requested for some special cases within the Archeparchy, Archbishop Kariyil may take decisions only with the approval of Your Beatitude.”
Sandri wrote: “Accepting that, in view of proper catechesis, a few more months may be necessary to implement the synodal decisions in some cases, this Dicastery remains committed to assisting all peaceful dialogue and pastoral preparation for the fruitful participation of the faithful in the synodal form.”
Referring to a recent hunger strike by priests opposed to the uniform liturgy, the cardinal added: “The Apostolic See understands that some have difficulty in following the synodal decisions, but exhorts all to avoid activism and protests using non-ecclesial and non-Christian methods such as hunger strike usque ad mortem [until death].”