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Redemptionis Sacramentum on the liturgical rights of the faithful
* "It is the right of Christ's faithful that the Liturgy, especially the celebration of Holy Mass, should truly be as the Church wishes according to what is prescribed in the liturgical books and by the other laws and norms" (12).
* "It is the Catholic community's right that the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist should be carried out for it in such a manner that it truly stands out as a sacrament of unity, to the exclusion of all blemishes and actions that might engender divisions and factions in the church" (12).
* "Christ's faithful have the right that ecclesiastical authority should fully and efficaciously regulate the Sacred Liturgy lest it should ever seem to be 'anyone's private property, whether of the celebrant or of the community in which the mysteries are celebrated'" (18).
* "The Mystery of the Eucharist 'is too great for anyone to permit himself to treat it according to his own whim'" (11).
* "It is the right of the Christian people themselves that their diocesan Bishop should take care to prevent the occurrence of abuses in ecclesiastical discipline, especially as regards the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and devotion to the Saints" (24).
* "Let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favouritism" (183).
* No abuse is "to be considered of little account" and is "to be carefully avoided and corrected" (174).
* "Let each one of the sacred ministers ask himself, even with severity, whether he has respected the rights of the lay members of Christ's faithful, who confidently entrust themselves and their children to him, relying on him to fulfil for the faithful those sacred functions that the Church intends to carry out in celebrating the sacred Liturgy at Christ's command. For each one should always remember that he is a servant of the Sacred Liturgy" (186).
* The individual Bishop's authority over the Liturgy is limited (14, 21, 177, Canon 838).
* Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: "[N]ot even a priest may add, remove or change anything in the Liturgy on his own authority" (22).
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 11 (December 2004 - January 2005), p. 9
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