Apart from covering the question of homilies and baptisms by laypeople, the seven-page letter also reminded the German bishops that liturgical translations must be confirmed and approved by the Vatican.
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The guidelines are in the form of responses to 11 dubia (questions), which the Vatican says are ‘the most recurrent questions’ it has received about Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio ‘Traditionis Custodes.’
A letter from the Vatican’s top liturgical official, Archbishop Arthur Roche, discussing the application of Pope Francis’ new decree restricting its celebration has sparked a debate over the validity of the letter’s arguments.
Leading the appointments announced on May 28 was Archbishop Arthur Roche, 71, who succeeds Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the congregation.
Succeeding Cardinal Sarah, Pope Francis Names Archbishop Arthur Roche as Vatican’s New Liturgy Chief
The Vatican announced the English archbishop’s appointment on May 27 along with the nomination of Italian Bishop Vittorio Francesco Viola of Tortona as the congregation’s secretary and Spanish Monsignor Aurelio García Marcías as under-secretary.
The Pope is 'returning to an understanding of the washing of the feet prior to Pius XII’s modification of the Holy Week ceremonies in 1955,' said the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Conversions and a profound teaching magisterium are among the lasting gifts of the pope emeritus’ pontificate.