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Liturgy draft to be revised

ROME (CNS): A proposed Vatican document on liturgical norms was sent back to its drafting committee after cardinals and bishops raised some objections and encouraged some changes.

Among other things, the draft presented to consulting prelates in June reportedly discouraged the distribution of Communion under the forms of both bread and wine and said altar girls were permissible only for a good reason.

The Rome-based magazine Jesus, a publication of the Pauline Fathers, reported on September 22 that it had obtained a copy of the June draft.

Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, who is a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and former prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, said the draft was discussed by members of the doctrinal congregation and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments in June.

“Many observations were made, both negative and positive,” he told Catholic News Service on September 24.

“The document which will be released eventually will not be the same document I saw,” he said, because it was sent back for revision.

“I have not seen a new draft, so I cannot say what will be in it,” the cardinal said.

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