Ad orientem in Oakland

At least two parishes in the diocese have followed suggestion of Cardinal Robert Sarah to “turn again towards the Lord”

A California Catholic Daily exclusive by Anna Rose: After Cardinal Robert Sarah addressed the Sacra Liturgia Conference on July 5, 2016, at least two churches in the Oakland diocese have taken his request to heart: “Dear Fathers, we should listen again to the lament of God proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah: ‘they have turned their backs to me and not their faces.’ Let us turn … [Read more...]

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Did Pope Francis rebuke Cardinal Sarah?

Vatican deflates 'ad orientem' suggestion

The following is a July 11 Catholic Culture article: The Vatican has moved quickly to counteract a suggestion by Cardinal Robert Sarah that priests should celebrate Mass ad orientem. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, issued a statement on July 11 saying that Cardinal Sarah's address to a London conference had been "misinterpreted," and … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: ‘God, not man, is the centre of the Catholic liturgy’

Urges priests and bishops to face the altar.

  The following comes from a July 6 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency. Cardinal Robert Sarah on Tuesday appealed to priests throughout the world to begin saying Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, suggesting that the season of Advent would be an opportune time to do so. “I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: Face east from Offertory on

Prefect for Worship says start with cathedrals

  The following comes from a May 26 story in the Catholic Herald (U.K.). The Vatican’s liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass facing east. In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican Council did not require priests to celebrate Mass facing the people. This way of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Mass ad orientem – shock horror!

  The following comes from a Nov. 1 blog posting in the Daily Telegraph (U.K.). And he mystifies us again… It seems that on Thursday morning Pope Francis celebrated Mass ad orientem at the tomb of John Paul II. For those not hip with the Catholic jargon, this means that he said Mass facing away from the people and towards the altar/God. The practice is growing … [Read more...]

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