Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
Vatican spokesman Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini has denied a report by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli that the Congregation for Divine Worship has initiated a process to reform some of the liturgical innovations introduced following the Second Vatican Council.
The Vatican is denying rumors promulgated by some news organizations that announced forthcoming changes in the liturgy.
Father Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, clarified that “for the time being there are no institutional proposals for a modification of the liturgical books used at present,” Vatican Radio reported.
In recent days some media sources incorrectly reported that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments had presented proposals to Benedict XVI for a “reform of the liturgical reform” motivated by the Second Vatican Council.
Our Rome correspondent Edward Pentin sought to verify Tornielli’s report prior to our posting of a Daily Blog entry on the matter yesterday. But he was unable to contact senior officials at the Congregation for Divine Worship who would have been in a position to do this because they are currently on vacation.