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Do not dismiss concerns about liturgical reform, says French bishop

Bishop Dominique Rey of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon

The Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, has said that concerns about reform of the liturgy should not be dismissed.

During his opening speech at the conference Sacra Liturgia 2013, which is taking place in Rome this week, Bishop Dominique Ray said that the reform of the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council “must not be dismissed as a marginal concern.”

Bishop Ray said that although the Council “gave us much value,” it “also caused controversy, both in its official reforms, in its translation into the vernacular languages, and in its varied local implementations.”

“Above all, we need to promote authentic liturgical renewal in all its Catholic richness and diversity. We need to promote the Sacred Liturgy celebrated as the Church gives it to us, as the Fathers and Popes of the Second Vatican Council desired.”

Sacra Liturgia 2013 fell within the Year of Faith to commemorate 50 years since the start of the Second Vatican Council and serves as an international conference to study, promote and renew the appreciation of liturgical formation and celebration.