Liturgical abuses

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"Redemptionis Sacramentum: On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist" (Instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship, 2004).

6. Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters
[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favoritism.
[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity.

Spirituality of Correction

  • It is an act of love to cleanse our eyesight, and then to help others see more clearly (parable of the mote and the beam).
  • "Unsolicited advice is criticism."
  • "Ad impossibile nemo tenetur." This is a prudential judgment. Jesus says we should not go into battle or start building a building unless we are sure that we can win the victory or complete the work we have begun.

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