In speaking to a group of Italian liturgical experts on Aug. 24, Pope Francis said. “We can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.”
According to a posting on the Crux web site (Aug. 24, 2017), the declaration came in a speech on Thursday to Italy’s “Center of Liturgical Action,” which sponsors an annual National Liturgical Week.
By “liturgical reform,” Pope Francis meant the changes in Catholic rituals and modes of worship, which followed from Vatican II, the most immediately visible elements of which included Mass facing the congregation, the use of vernacular languages, and a stronger emphasis on the “full, conscious and active” participation of the people.
For the Crux report, click here.
For the America magazine (Aug. 24, 2017), click here.
For the Vatican Radio (Aug. 24, 2017) report, click here.