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Stcharles Faq

Stcharles Faq

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Published by Steve Diggins
St. Charles Borromeo Preservation Guild
FAQ Sheet
www.st-charlesborromeo.org The following are some questions and answers that relate to the “renovation” of St. Charles Borromeo. There has been a great deal of “misinformation” about our group and our concerns. • Despite what you may have been told, we do support the Magisterium of the Church and Vatican II, including the reform of the Sacred Liturgy. We accept the Novus Ordo mass as totally valid and licit. • We do NOT endorse schismatic groups,
St. Charles Borromeo Preservation Guild
FAQ Sheet
www.st-charlesborromeo.org The following are some questions and answers that relate to the “renovation” of St. Charles Borromeo. There has been a great deal of “misinformation” about our group and our concerns. • Despite what you may have been told, we do support the Magisterium of the Church and Vatican II, including the reform of the Sacred Liturgy. We accept the Novus Ordo mass as totally valid and licit. • We do NOT endorse schismatic groups,

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St. Charles Borromeo Preservation Guild
FAQ Sheet
www.st-charlesborromeo.org
The following are some questions and answers that relate to the “renovation” of St. Charles Borromeo.There has been a great deal of “misinformation” about our group and our concerns.
 
Despite what you may have been told, we do support the Magisterium of the Church and Vatican II,including the reform of the Sacred Liturgy. We accept the Novus Ordo mass as totally valid and licit.
 
We do NOT endorse schismatic groups, e.g., Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, nor do we promote thedubious “spirit of Vatican II”.
 
We do not oppose any beneficial repairs of the existing church, such as improving the restrooms.After the Q and A section, we have excerpts from the documents we used for our answers. We encourageyou to look them up yourselves in books or on the Internet.
Q:
Must the main altar be moved?NO.
The main altar does NOT have to be moved anywhere, including under the dome.The present arrangement is such that the attention of the congregation naturallyfocuses on the altar as required.
 
There is also no need to remove so-called “distracting” statues, crucifixes, thealtarpiece (baldachin), or pews.Q:
Must we move the tabernacle from the main altar to a side chapel?NO.
The tabernacle CAN be located in the sanctuary as we currently have it, behindthe mensa (top surface) of the main altar. It is NOT mandatory to move it.
 
According to the liturgical laws the tabernacle must be kept in the churches withgreat reverence in a most honorable location.Q:
May a church utilize a “theater in the round” or arena type arrangement?Should the Choir be moved so we can see them perform?NO.
This “fan out” congregation seating type of arrangement is based on a Greco-Roman amphitheater, and the guidelines discourage theater, arena, and audienceanalogies. Likewise, the idea of moving the choir down to see them “perform”also contradicts this.
 
Ironically, it would also mean the Priest wouldn’t entirely face the congregation, a point emphasized by the “participation promoters”, but rather would be positionedobliquely to some sections of the congregation depending on where they sit.Q:
Should the baptismal font be located near the entrance, as it is now?YES
Baptism is
 
the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door that gives access to theother sacraments. Historically, catechumens were baptized in a separate building,or in a font that was oriented west, near the entrance, then brought to the altar.
THERE IS NO REASON TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON “RENOVATION”.
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Q:
How is Christ present in the Church? (Or Misrepresented?)
Unfortunately, there were some misleading comments made at the “learningsessions” about how Christ is present in the Church. Christ is really present inmany ways, but not in the same degree or manner. Moreover, the words “poured”,“shared”, “bread”, and “wine”, shown in Fr. Thomas Slon's slide presentation, are NOT used in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #7.
 
In the Eucharist, Christ is ESPECIALLY present. The doctrine that the bread andwine become the Body and Blood of Christ is called Transubstantiation
(John 6:53)
.
 
 
Christ IS present in his faithful through the indwelling Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4, John14:23, Rm. 8:14-17)
.
 
Our growth in holiness takes our whole lives, and is calledSanctification.
 
Liturgy is an act of the Mystical Body, the Church, and encompasses the entireCommunion of Saints, not limited to an “assembly” at a particular time and place.Q:
The document “Built of Living Stones”, does it have force of law?NO.
“Built of Living Stones” (BOLS) replaces “Environment and Art in CatholicWorship” (EACW) and by its own admission, merely offers recommendationsand does NOT have the force of law except where it quotes documents that do.
 
Decrees from Episcopal Conferences must receive two-thirds vote of the Bishops,and approval from the Holy See, to become laws. (Can. 455 §2)
 
Since BOLS and EACW have received neither, it is MISLEADING to presenteither as mandating changes, or to assert these two documents are liturgical law.Q:
Must we take out the altar rails?NO.
No document requires or mandates the removal of the altar rails.
 
At one of the “listening sessions” the very pejorative term “barriers” was used todescribe the existing altar rails.Q:
Can we take out the kneelers and stand or sit only?NO.
Currently, the liturgical norms in the U.S. require that the people KNEEL at theappropriate times. When the new Roman Missal takes effect this will continue.
What’s Next?
Be aware that at the final “Speak Out” session, parishioners likely will be broken up and seated at tables insmall groups. We will then be asked what renovations we want, not if we want any. A pro-renovation person, called a “facilitator” will be at each table to push the agenda along. This method of group control iscalled the Delphi Technique. Developed by the Rand Corporation, it’s designed to steer a group to a predetermined consensus. When asked what “renovations” you want, reply:
“NO RENOVATION!”
 
 
Any alleged “renovation” of St. Charles is not required by liturgical or canon law.
 
In response to a question at the May 1 “Learning Session”, Fr. Welbers reluctantlyadmitted that St. Charles already fulfills the “spirit” (a very misused term) and law of Vatican II. We agree.
THERE IS NO REASON TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON “RENOVATION”.
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DOCUMENTS:Quotes relating to moving the altar. Notice in the reply that center means “center of attention”, not “mathematical” center like under the dome.
INTER OECUMENICI Chapter II. Main Altar 91. The main altar should preferably be freestanding, to permit walking around it andcelebration facing the people. Its location in the place of worship should be truly central sothat the attention of the whole congregation naturally focuses there.
(From “Documents on the Liturgy 1963 to 1979” (DOL Footnote: R28 Note from Notitiae).In response to a question about Inter Oecumenici #91, above, the Vatican gave thefollowing reply).
Reply: The instruction does not refer to the mathematical center of a church but to aconceptual center, saying, "so that the attention of the whole congregation naturallyfocuses there"
Not 1 (1965) 137-138 no.7
 
Quotes relating to the location of the tabernacle.
THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH1183 The tabernacle is to be situated "
in churches in a most worthy place with thegreatest honor.
" The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord
really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar 
.1379 As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church becameconscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharisticspecies. It is for this reason that
the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthyplace
in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it
emphasizes andmanifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
 CODE OF CANON LAWCan. 938 §2 The tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved should be sited in a
distinguished place in the church
or oratory, a place which is conspicuous, suitablyadorned and conducive to prayer.INAESTIMABILE DONUM Instruction Concerning Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery 198024. The tabernacle in which the Eucharist is kept
can be located on an altar 
, or away fromit, in a spot in the church which is
very prominent, truly noble, and duly decorated
, or in achapel suitable for private prayer and for adoration by the faithful.MYSTERIUM FIDEI Pope Paul VI 1965#66 …In the course of the day the faithful should not omit to visit the Blessed Sacrament,which
according to the liturgical laws must be kept in the churches with greatreverence in a most honorable location.
Such visits are a proof of gratitude, an expressionof love,
an acknowledgment of the Lord's presence.
THERE IS NO REASON TO WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON “RENOVATION”.
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