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Monday, 26 February 2007

Cardinal Schoenborn and facing eastwards

Gerald Augustinus has a translation of comments made by Cardinal Schoenborn on the question of orientation at Mass. He recently gave permission for the parish of St Rochus in Vienna to use the baroque, eastward-facing altar instead of the movable "people's altar." Some people have complained about this and called for a boycott of the (hugely popular) Church.

You can read the Cardinal's comments here: Cardinal Schoenborn on "ad orientem" & "versus populum".

St Rochus is the Church of the Vienna Oratory. Here is a picture of the altar. Can't you just hear all the "people" crying out "No, give us back our portable table!"

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