English cardinal warns priests against ‘ad orientem’ liturgy
[Cardinal Sarah’s suggestion DOA in England: English cardinal-primate over-rules Vatican cardinal-prefect with papal mandate; we will have to wait and see what happens when (and if) the next version arrives with a Vatican protocol number]
Catholic World News – July 11, 2016
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has written to his priests, advising them not to follow a Vatican official’s recommendation to begin celebrating Mass ad orientem.
Reacting to an address delivered in London by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Nichols said that current liturgical guidelines assume that the priest will celebrate Mass facing the people. He said that it would be inappropriate for priests to “exercise personal preference or taste” by changing their mode of celebrating Mass.
Cardinal Nichols acknowledged that the Congregation for Divine Worship has said that it is permissible under current liturgical rules to celebrate Mass ad orientem. But he observed that the Congregation also says that “the position toward the assembly seems more convenient inasmuch as it makes communication easier.” [Hasn’t His Eminence heard of sound systems? Many NewChurch priests use the hardly-visible, wireless headset microphone when celebrating Mass facing the people and especially for peripatetic preaching.]