A Vatican spokesman downplayed a report that major liturgical reforms are being considered by Pope Benedict.
"At the moment, there are no institutional proposals for a modification of the liturgical books currently in use," said the Assistant Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, according to Catholic News Service.
The Holy See Press Office has denied the Italian press report that Pope Benedict is ready to make changes to the Mass to restore a sense of the sacred, the Catholic News Agency says.
The Assistant Director of the Press Office, Fr Ciro Benedettini, said that "so far there are no institutional proposals for amendment of the books currently in use."
Earlier Il Giornale reporter, Andrea Tornielli, wrote that the Congregation for Divine Worship had presented Pope Benedict XVI with a list of proposed changes to the liturgical norms for the Mass.
The Rorate Caeli web site which translated the Il Giornale report, suggested that these proposals could be the basis for the "reform of the reform" that Pope Benedict has sought in the liturgy, enriching the Novus Ordo with elements that reflect the liturgy of the Tridentine Mass, Catholic Culture says.
Among the proposals under discussion, reportedly are a call to end the practice of receiving Communion in the hand and a return to celebrating Mass ad orientem.
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