Archdiocese objects to use of certain elements at Indian church
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota temporarily suspended mass at a predominantly Indian church due to concerns about the use of certain elements during services.

The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis has long incorporated Ojibwe, Lakota and other tribal practices during mass. But a new pastor questioned the use of mustum, grape juice that is only minimally fermented, instead of wine.

The church uses mustum because some members of the congregation are alcoholics or recovering alcoholics. Wine, however, is considered an essential element of the Catholic mass.

Church members will continue to discuss the issue with Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche.

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Indian church, archdiocese clash over mass elements (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 12/14)