Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yep, the Synod is A-Comin'

The fun and festivities for the 11th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, with a focus on "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church" begin Sunday morning with a papal liturgy in St. Peter's. The Synod ends on 23 October, and the Holy See has announced a Saturday morning briefing with Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, who makes his debut in the Aula as secretary-general.

For those who are really interested, the Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod -- the document which dictates the gathering's tone and agenda -- can be found here.

What's everyone looking for from this? Universal indult? Strengthened guidelines against liturgical abuses? A more precise interpretation of the GIRM? Translation guidelines? I know how strongly everyone feels about liturgy here.

And, for a contrast of opinion, the response of Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie from the current edition of America is serialized here and here.



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