A few weeks back, one of our parish committees had the idea to show movies in the church as both a community-building and fundraising effort. To clarify, this wouldn’t be as part of Mass or any other liturgical event, the movies shown would be family-friendly, and the Blessed Sacrament would be removed from the tabernacle. I’m aware of the document from the Congregation for Divine Worship regarding concerts in churches (ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDWCONC.HTM) and I presume much of what’s in that document would apply here.
What’s not clear to me is exactly what the authority of the CDW’s document is. That is, is it a mandate or just strong suggestions? Towards the end of the document, for example, it has a list of items that the local Ordinary can specify–in the absence of any guidance from the Diocese, how bound are we by the CDW’s document?
If anyone has any experience with this firsthand or has a link to a document which deals specifically with showing movies in a church, I’d appreciate hearing from you. Using an active church to show movies doesn’t sit well with me, but maybe I’m not seeing the whole, uh…picture.