Friday, July 31, 2009

On Tabernacles...

The Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend has issued directives regarding both the design and placement of tabernacles. These directives take effect on August 4, 2009.

It can be difficult to create universal directives for a subject that is so dependent on architecture - which can greatly differ from "sacred space" to "sacred space". I was pleased to read para #5 which clearly states these directives apply to "all churches, oratories, and private chapels in the diocese". Also, these directives which rely heavily upon conciliar and papal statements, address the oft heard debate between the liturgy of the Mass and the devotions which occur outside of Mass. "... they are certainly not mutually exclusive", are certainly welcomed words! Lastly, I was pleased to see a call for greater catechesis of the people of God.

Tabernacle Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend August 2009 [download]

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