It is not uncommon for Catholics to take their liturgy into their own hands to illuminate the church.
For some, this is an act of prayer and contemplation, for others it is an effort to draw closer to God and to help others understand the importance of prayer.
It is also a form of spiritual reflection.
But this is not the case for the Rev. Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian priest who has been at the forefront of the liturgical revival.
He was recently elected the Pope’s new secretary of the Secretariat for the Promotion of the Liturgy, the Vatican’s top ministry overseeing the liturgy.
Boccacci is an ordained Catholic and a staunch advocate for the traditional liturgy in the Vatican, but he has also spoken out against the Church’s embrace of modern technology and modern spirituality.
“I am not a fan of modernity and I am against all technology and all technology that tries to change the meaning of God’s word,” Boccacci told ABC Radio’s RN.
Bocacci, a native of Milan, Italy, said he has been a Catholic since his teens, and had been active in the Church since his childhood.
During the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Curia made a statement that liturgical reforms were needed in order to save the church, he said.
“[The Curia] said that the liturgies were the expression of the divine will, but the Pope has always said that liturgy is the expression, not the words of the Divine Word,” Bocaccia said.
“So I am not against technology, but I am for the Holy Liturgy.
I believe in the power of the Holy Sacrifice and the sacraments, and that’s why I think that the Holy Communion is a sacramental sacrifice.”
Bocacci’s views have drawn some criticism from some critics of the new pontificate.
The Vatican has previously said that while it has never changed its rules on technology, the new Pope is taking the opportunity to bring about change.
On Saturday, Francis said that his vision for the litre and the celebration of the sacrilegious is to return to the way the church was before the Second World War.
And in his new position, Bocacca said that he will use his position to work on issues such as the Vatican City’s plans to build an artificial volcano in the capital.
With a report from The Associated Press