While the high authorities of Burundi are used to speaking when they go to Mass, the Catholic bishops forbid these practices “which are not mentioned in the Ritual”.
“There are Christians or some of the highest authorities in the country, who base themselves on the functions they occupy to believe that they have the right to speak at Mass, as if Mass can be confused with any other assembly of prayer “, the bishops say in a communiqué sanctioning the meeting of March 9, 2019 held in Ngozi. The decisions resulting from this conference will come into effect from Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019.
The same statement gives a nod to the priests: “In some parishes, priests do it because these people brought gifts or made promises. They do it also when they hope to have gifts, following the affinities or the fear pushing them to pass out of norms of the liturgy. According to the bishops, this decision concerns anyone who has permission to lead prayer in schools or other places in the absence of priests. Even in branches where lay people who have permission lead the Sunday prayer, will not have the prerogative to hold speeches during the celebration of the Mass.
This communiqué, read by Monsignor Gervais Banshimiyubusa, President-in-Office of the Council of Bishops, urges parish priests to ensure that these decisions are scrupulously respected. The press release was made public this Tuesday, April 16, 2019.