Saturday, October 23, 2010

How the Vatican intervened to make Westminster Cathedral 'the ideal celebration of the modern Roman Rite'

By Damian Thompson

The Westminster Cathedral altar as arranged by Mgr Marini

If you’re not interested in liturgical politics, look away now. If you are, here are two snippets of information relating to the Pope’s visit, confirmed by numerous sources. First, Benedict XVI was delighted by the Mass at Westminster cathedral, apparently regarding it as an ideal celebration of the modern Roman Rite – “the best he’s presided over in any foreign country,” I’m told. Second, the Vatican intervened at the last moment to make sure that the altar was decorated (as you can see in the picture above) by a free-standing antique crucifix...

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