Popular devotions have existed from the beginning of Christianity, although it wasn’t until the Counter-Reformation that they began to overshadow liturgy. It is largely unknown that a number of these devotions we know were originally rejected from approval or outright discouraged by those in authority.
So in light of The Rad Trad’s idea to move into seminar-like forum discussions, I’ll start one and beat him to the punch.
Why were the Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart devotions rejected initially? What were Benedict XIV’s reasons for forbidding the latter and the Holy Office’s grounds for rejecting the former on four separate occasions? I am honestly asking because I do not know. What were other devotions that received the same same scrutiny?
Keep calm, and fast on.