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Regarding the removal of altar rails from churches, I agree with M. Cassey (December-January AD2000) when she says that 'to strip a sanctuary of altar rails leaves vulnerable the core of our beliefs'.
The tabernacle where Our Blessed Lord reposes and the surrounding area demand that we respect the sanctuary as a 'holy place' akin to the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament where only the priest was allowed to enter.
Many people today show little respect and reverence inside the churches. With the removal of the altar rails they have not come 'closer to God' as suggested by their behaviour of talking loudly and discussing the latest news with each other while others are trying to pray.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 2 (March 2008), p. 14
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