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About Liturgical Accountability

The purpose of this website is to provide accessible, online liturgical resources, Church documents and links; to hold ourselves accountable to God and neighbor for faithful liturgies; and to do “what we are obliged to do” in humility, obedience, self-knowledge and charity. 

It is a work in progress...

 

The website primarily addresses liturgical issues in the United States of America. If you are outside of the United States and need to document liturgical abuse, you will need to refer to the Roman Missal and GIRM from your country's Bishops' Conference. To assist in your research, I have added some links in Church Documents.

 

Please contact me with your questions, comments and suggestions.

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How to use this website

How to use this website

Begin by reading the Q & A. There you will learn the basics. The information in questions 1 - 3 is based on Church documents, especially the Church's main document on liturgical abuse, Redemptionis Sacramentum. Questions 4 - 6 are primarily based on the Roman Missal and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal or GIRM. These sections will help you to know what one is authorized to add, remove and change in the liturgy. Knowing this will give you a better idea of what cannot be changed. 

Next, do your research in Resources, beginning with Church Documents. There you will find online sources for the Roman Missal, the GIRM, and other Church documents. Compare what you experience at Mass with what is in the documents. Some Catholic organizations may already have an article discussing the issue in which you are interested. You will find some of these websites listed in Other Resources. You might also find some helpful information in Articles of Interest

Pray! You can also ask others to pray for you and your situation. You will find links to places where you can make prayer requests online in Praying for Priests.

What should you do about liturgical abuse? You will find information, ideas and tips in Remedies

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Me

About me

I am a Catholic laywoman living in the Archdiocese of Hartford. I wasn't aware of liturgical abuse until I went to Masses at parishes other than my home parish. I was appalled by the things I saw and heard. In searching for answers to my questions about the liturgy, I found various Church documents and resources that helped me understand what is and is not acceptable in the liturgy. I also learned about the rights of the faithful to have faithful liturgies. In an effort to defend Archbishop Leonard P. Blair's Decree to pray the St. Michael prayer after Masses, I conducted a survey of online Masses in the Archdiocese during the pandemic of 2020. During the survey, I learned about other types of liturgical abuse which are common in the Archdiocese. I hope this website will help laypeople here in the Archdiocese and beyond to work for faithful liturgies which are due us, but more importantly, owed in justice and charity to God. 

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Acknowledements

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to my "editor" Miss Mary for taking the time to proofread and make suggestions on this website. Your help has been a God-send!

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