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Bishop Paprocki: Return the Tabernacle to the Center of the Sanctuary

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has directed all the pastors in his diocese to move the tabernacles in their churches back to the center of the sanctuary.

In a beautifully written pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi at adorandi (The Art of Celebrating and Worshiping), Bishop Paprocki expounds on the rich tradition and teachings of the Church regarding the celebration and reverence for the Eucharist.

Bishop Paprocki also recounts the lamentable movement in the last few decades that has seen the Blessed Sacrament relegated to “side chapels,” which he notes are sometimes nothing more than converted storage closets.

And that, says Bishop Paprocki, needs to change now:

“I direct that in the churches and chapels of our diocese, tabernacles that were formerly in the center of the sanctuary, but have been moved, are to be returned as soon as possible to the center of the sanctuary in accord with the original architectural design. Tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary or are otherwise not in a visible, prominent and noble space are to be moved to the center of the sanctuary; tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary but are in a visible, prominent and noble space may remain.”

Bishop Paprocki also reminds the faithful that the proper sign of reverence for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is to genuflect, not merely to bow. He also encourages more frequent Eucharistic exposition and adoration, as well as public Eucharistic processions through the streets.

Bishop Paprocki, you rock

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5 comments on “Shocking News

  1. ‘How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.’

  2. He left the door ajar with “tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary but are in a visible, prominent and noble space may remain.” This will probably the loophole most will use to avoid putting God back where He belongs.

    • “I direct that in the churches and chapels of our diocese, tabernacles that were formerly in the center of the sanctuary, but have been moved, are to be returned as soon as possible to the center of the sanctuary in accord with the original architectural design. Tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary or are otherwise not in a visible, prominent and noble space are to be moved to the center of the sanctuary; tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary but are in a visible, prominent and noble space may remain.”

      Two out of three ain’t bad. And I’ve never seen a church that fits in the third category.

  3. he is doing what he should be doing, being a true shepherd….and the stinkers will always find a way to get around it.

  4. God bless you, Bishop Paprocki, for honoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Has the tide changed in the Church? We certainly hope so. When will other bishops exercise their manhood like he does? He reminds me of a bishop of the past, a no-nonsense kind of guy that would not tolerate abuses in the sanctuary.

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