Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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That was a valiant effort but I am afraid your normae generales are not quite up to scratch when it comes to dealing with the sacred canons of the Code of Canon Law and you will find that a close and accurate study of Book I of the same text will make clear that the law is a good deal more subtle than you make it out to be.
Prax, On this specific point your beloved Canon law is not germain. This is a liturgical law item – see Can#2
For example, where prior dispositions exist and these have not been abrogated and are not contrary to subsequent norms and no new explicit provision has been made, then they retain their force. Hence, note carefully the arrangement of the sancturay in the Cathedral of St. AndrÃ© in Bordeaux. Can you source the reference to the abandonment of the use of “green” to denote an archbishop or bishop? I do believe that the Cathedra in Armagh should have been sent ot the upholstrers!!
The introduction to the Ceremonial of Bishops explicitly states that all previous versions of the ceremonial (those which include directives on the use of coloured upholstery and numbers of steps etc ) are abrogated.
All of that having been said I think there is a discussion to be had on how the use of different levels in a sanctuary can be used to signify theological meaning.