One of the new developments in Cameroon that have revived Catholicism is the lively, African-style liturgy. Naturally, Benedict wants to stamp it out. John Duffell explains:
These days I'm closer to being Catholic in my heart, in some ways, than I've ever been...thanks in no part to this Pope, but due entirely to my experiences attending mass in Malawi. So this suggestion that an unconventional liturgy (by Rome's standards) prevents "genuine internalization of the structures and words of the liturgy" is bizarre and insulting. If anything, I feel that the masses here greatly improve "genuine internalization" of the symbolic language of the liturgy, by shifting those symbols slightly to better fit the local culture.
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