"Cardinal Ratzinger stated about applause, as an indication of praise for a performance, in his book The Spirit of the Liturgy: 'Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. Such attraction fades quickly - it cannot compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does various forms of religious titillation.' "

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