(This information is from Newsletter of Cardinal Newman Catechist Centre: No. 161; 5th April, 1999. Editor and Director -The Rev. B.J.H. Tierney.) Fr. Tierney was in a Novus Ordo parish as Assistant priest at the time.
Summary of the Changes: in church buildings.
- Changes authorized by Vatican II
- Changes authorized but NOT by Vatican II
- Changes CONTRARY to Vatican II
N.B. ‘SC ‘ refers to “Sacrosanctum Concilium” – chiefly concerned with the Council’s “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” of 1963
Changes authorized by Vatican II to church buildings:
No changes to church buildings were commanded, or mentioned, or were legitimate developments from it.
Rather, a statement of principles to ensure ‘active participation’ SC§124 para. 3. (* See more info in a following post).
And that the most noble standards be upheld SC§128.
2. Changes to church buildings – authorized, but NOT by Vatican II:
These were separate developments authorized by the Roman Curia or the Pope.
- i) Altar for “Mass facing the people”
- ii) Tabernacle often ‘dethroned’ and the priest’s chair sometimes ‘enthroned’
iii) Baptismal Font moved onto the sanctuary.
- iv) Pulpit sometimes remodelled as a table.
- v) Confessional rooms ‘face to face’ sitting (!)
3. Changes contrary to Vatican II:
These changes were not authorized at all but brought in by the whim of priests and parishes, contra SC§22(3)
- i) Buildings banal or even ugly.
- ii) Altar rails, kneelers, statues removed, contra SC§126.
iii) Overhead projectors and screens lacking ‘artistic merit’, SC§124.
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