At the extreme end of the spectrum, the study of the liturgy alone is reduced to mere aestheticism or rubricism
, while the exclusive focus on social justice can become influenced solely by ideology instead of authentic charity.
Klauser traced a progression from "creative beginnings," to a medieval period characterized by "dissolution, elaboration, reinterpretation, and misinterpretation," to a period of "rigid unification and rubricism" that began with the Council of Trent.
The strict and detailed rubricism of the preconciliar rite, including the preservation of actions that had lost their functional purpose like the carrying and holding of the paten, wordlessly enacted a message of timelessness, of a changeless rite that goes on forever.
Rembert Weakland, then archbishop of Milwaukee, wrote what must now be seen as a prophetic article in America magazine in 1999 that warned of a creeping rubricism
and movement to reinterpret Vatican II to assure validity and orthodoxy.
Have we not have entered into a new age of rubricism
As the American Church today deals with controversies about the details of the reformed liturgy (approval of revised books, location of liturgical artifacts, etc.), this work serves to remind us that the preconciliar rubricism
has in some places been replaced by a postconciliar preoccupation with the elements which liturgy uses to accomplish "the work of our redemption." Properly appreciated, liturgy is a chief means toward accomplishing our salvation; the doing of liturgy itself is not its own end.
* That the new liturgical directives smack of a return to clericalism and rubricism
in a church where Rome and "many bishops -- especially the younger ones -- are afraid of the laity's role in taking ownership of the church";
He had worked as hard as any priest for a church that is still stuck in rigidity, rubricism
and fear of the laity.
"I fear the restorationist implementation that is characterizing the second post-conciliar generation will err on the side of rigidity, rubricism
and a fear of the gifts of individuals, especially of the laity, and build their renewal more on reaction than on theological insights.