Fort Worth, Texas, Apr 2, 2018 / 14:00 pm
At the Chrism Mass celebrated during Holy Week, a Texas bishop offered reflections on the Church's liturgical life, telling priests the straying from liturgical texts can be detrimental to the unity of Catholicism.
"The importance of Christ-centered and shared repetition in our collaborative mission as the Church requires that we avoid the addition of words or gestures that are alien to the rites and liturgical texts provided us by the Church," said Bishop Michael Olson of Ft. Worth, Texas.
"Even though such liturgical abuses might at first glance appear to begin as good willed efforts to avoid redundancy and tedium for a people with attention spans made numb by contemporary modes of communication, such efforts remain destructive because they take us away from the repetition that bears fruit in Catholic unity," he continued.
The bishop's words came during the Chrism Mass celebrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ft. Worth, TX on March 27.