A BOOK CRITIC’S IMPRESSIONS OF A LIVING CLASSIC
Good liturgy involves good taste, and, as Burke said, taste depends on rational judgment, emotional maturity, and education — that is to say, the virtues.
OUT WITH THE OLD?
Contrary to Francis’s vision, cutting off the old liturgy does not promote unity in the Church. Vatican II did not envision excising the old branch from the tree.
THE IMPACT LITURGICAL MUSIC HAS ON FAITH
If liturgical music returns to praising and glorifying God, our focus has a better chance of returning to the Eucharist and the Word.
John M. Grondelski
The evisceration of eucharistic theology leaves gaping holes in other parts of Catholic life and praxis.
ANOTHER ECCLESIASTICAL INCOHERENCE
The bishops feign “pastoral accommodation” for those Catholics about whom the dirty little secret is that they wouldn’t come to Mass anyway.
TRANSFIGURING THE WEEKEND
Kent J. Lasnoski
A renewal of the Lord’s Day would have us finding so many things worth doing for their own sake that we couldn’t be bothered to do ordinary, non-spiritual work.
TRADITIONALISTS AND POPE FRANCIS
There are no protagonists in the latest liturgical drama, only antagonists. Nobody comes out clean, neither traditionalists nor Pope Francis.
THE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES OF SMALL CHANGES
Gerard T. Mundy
The Pope's decision to allow women into two “minor orders” of the Church shows how significant change can be instituted incrementally.
THE SCANDAL OF THE PARTICULAR
David Vincent Meconi
The Catholic world is an enchanted world, filled with theophanies of a God who longs to be our All in all.
NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
The willful suppression of the sacraments by Catholic leaders could portend the diminution of the Church in both numbers and influence.
We need a clearer understanding of the Church’s relationship with her past and her tradition that will help guide us along the uncharted road ahead.
THE OLD REQUIEM MASS MADE US PONDER THE LAST THINGS
John A. Perricone
Everything in the old Requiem Mass forced us to consider death and God’s judgment, Christ’s mercy and our complacency.
There is something undeniably bittersweet about the sublimation of a distinct culture into the flat, American consumerist anti-culture touted as an improvement.
AN ARTHURIAN LEGEND FIT FOR MODERN CATHOLICS
Charles A. Coulombe
Its contents were what made the Grail holy. In that sense, just as every confessional is Chapel Perilous, so too is every adoration chapel a Grail Chapel.
A writer wants Cardinal Sarah fired from his post as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship because he "does not speak for the mainstream of the church."
UPON THE DEATH OF BENEDICT XVI
W. Patrick Cunningham
What options does a parish that currently offers celebrations of the Mass in the extraordinary form have if it finds itself unable to continue doing so?
James F. O'Callaghan
WHAT I'VE LEARNED
Richard Upsher Smith Jr.
The extraordinary form has a depth of imagery that the post-Vatican II revisers of the Mass simply eschewed, especially as regards the eucharistic sacrifice.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
A recently installed pastor's decision to allow only boys to serve at the altar has made headlines throughout the San Francisco area and across the nation. Salvatore Cordileone is his archbishop.
What was considered the best of various European missals came together in the Pontifical Romanum (1595), which became the norm for the Roman rite.
TWO PERSPECTIVES ON THE THIRD MISSAL (Part II)
In the long run, for my pastor, for me — for all of us — praying together at Mass in one voice of obedience and trust in the wisdom of the Church is the bottom line.
There is a group in the Church that has noticed your smooth transition to the new missal — and is still peeved about the whole thing.
What could be more Bible-based than the Mass, already saturated with Scripture, following a liturgical year of readings that corresponds to the life of Jesus?
Waugh contended that the quiet and faithful "middle rank of the Church" are precisely those whose concerns were not being heeded by the Church or her Council.
ISLAMIC SALAT & CATHOLIC ADORATION
Heather M. Erb
Why do Catholics (and Jews) reject prostration as a regular posture of liturgical worship, and why do Muslims use it as the signature posture of daily salat?
THE COST OF ECCLESIAL EQUALITY
We fixed what wasn't broken with a correction that wasn't necessary, and in the process created a real problem that seems impossible to repair.
WHY LITURGICAL LESSONS AREN'T BEING LEARNED
Michael A. Beauregard
The rubrics, gestures, and symbols that are employed serve a fundamental and very useful purpose: they reveal and give witness to the faith we profess.
THE THIRD TYPICAL EDITION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL
We ought to be thankful to Pope John Paul II, who set the stage for this momentous improvement of the Mass in the vernacular.
JUMP-STARTING THE RESTORATION OF THE SACRED LITURGY
What measures should be taken to fast-forward the reform of the reform; to stop the nonsense and increase the sense of the sacred at Mass?
A COURSE DEFTLY CHARTED
Harold B. McKale
We should expect liturgical rites wherein the priestly office is most clearly expressed as a living and continuous reality and not a static object in a museum display.
DOMUS DEI ET PORTA CAELI
Michael S. Rose
If a Catholic church building doesn't reflect Catholic theology, the worshiper risks accepting a faith that is foreign to Catholicism.
THE CULT OF EXPERIENCE
The charismatic quest for paranormal experiences of God is also a contrived pseudo-communion of ecstatic emotional dissolution.
A Carmelite monastery in Wyoming is an exciting new element in the Church in America, and has proven to be fecund ground for vocations to the consecrated life.
KNEEL: NO BUTTS ABOUT IT
Shannon M. Jones
As a practice of personal piety, the laity may use the posture of prostration as an expression of humility only in private.
BEAUTY & THE BEST
Difficulties arise when women wear tight or revealing pants to Church: Men start seeing them as a collection of titillating body parts.
Heaven is often compared to a lavish banquet. But somehow we can't imagine that it involves toilet paper and balloons.
SPIRITUAL & LITURGICAL TERRORISM
Liturgical dance has never been part of the liturgical tradition of the Latin Church, and never been deemed appropriate in the West.
Richard & Elizabeth Gerbracht
After attending various Masses and talking with parishioners, we came to the conclusion that parish success or decline depends on the homily of the pastor.
A black vestment helps induce a sense of penitential recollection -- remembering that "here we do not have a lasting city" (Heb. 13:14).
Larry A. Carstens
I respectfully request that Eucharistic ministers leave the public blessing of children during the Mass to those who have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
F. Douglas Kneibert
The word "church" has been replaced with less religious-sounding terms, like worship center, family center, family life center, praise center, or outreach center.
To require episcopal permission for the ancient liturgy is to suggest that the "old" Mass is somehow disturbing, like an exorcism.
Donald D. Hook
Bells are used to warn or to summon. Bells express just about every mood and exigency; they are joyful, somber, pragmatic, ceremonial.
SIT DOWN & SHUT UP
For men the atmosphere at Mass is reminiscent of being dragged out by the wife to see a musical or concert we really don't want to see.
RETROSPECT & RATIONALE
The Schola Cantorum of the Pacific is a living celebration of liturgy as community and music as its exalted language.
Lucy E. Carroll
Shall we correct "At thy great name exalted now, all knees must bend, all hearts must bow" to "At thy great name exalted now, all folks jump up, all in a row"?
STANDING UP FOR OUR CONVICTIONS BY KNEELING
The CDW cardinal's letter affirms that it is "completely appropriate" to kneel to receive Communion. Kneeling is not forbidden. No priest or bishop can force us to stand.
The heavenly aesthetic of the Byzantine Liturgy is "celebrant-proof." I have never seen it done badly. By contrast, I have seldom seen the Novus Ordo done well.
UH, MAY I SAY SOMETHING ?
It is a non-negotiable fact about me (and probably many others as well) that I do not sing where even friendly strangers can hear.
The way most Baptists (and evangelicals) normally celebrate Communion -- a practice that Christ commanded us to repeat to evoke His sacrifice -- is a scandal.
It's all the rage now among liberal Catholics to say that Jesus is present in the congregation.
OPTING FOR MAGIC OVER GRACE
Eric J. Scheske
Modern man wants a form of worship that is both understandable and predictable. And, because grace is the fruit of worship, this implies he wants his grace without mystery.
TO KNEEL BEFORE THE HOLY IS NOT HOLIER-THAN-THOU
The lowering of oneself in humility is a statement about the Blessed Sacrament, not about you.
PURGING HEBRAIC ELEMENTS FROM CATHOLIC WORSHIP
The Hebrew-ness of Catholicism is a critical element of it. When we excise Hebrew elements from our prayers, we sever roots that feed our religion.
George D. LeMaitre
When the Church stripped the liturgy of its grandeur, she cheapened the meaning of priesthood and is now reaping a predictably poor harvest.
LAUDABLE LATIN -- OR UNSPECTACULAR VERNACULAR?
Jude A. Huntz
Our major training in the Faith still comes principally from what we see and hear at church on Sunday.
"THIS IS MY BODY" OR "HAVE A NICE DAY"?
Noel J. Augustyn
To all the people not theologically schooled, a definite message has been communicated about the meaning (or lack thereof) of the Eucharist.
Paul C. Fox
The Western Church surrendered its own true folk Mass — the traditional sung Mass — in favor of contrived and artificial ones.
The liturgy does not try to create or evoke emotions but expects them to grow from our recognizing and feeling the truths the ritual expresses.
Just settling the question of “presider” or “priest” could spark resolution of a host of issues — authority, salvation, and more.
Joanne Sadler Butler
Modern Catholic liturgists have tried to graft the “fellowship experience” onto the Mass, but it hasn’t worked.
THE VIEW FROM WAY DOWN IN THE PEW
J. A. Gray
Our kneelers make our gesture of worship an obeisance without making it a physical punishment. That seems legitimate.
SACRED SPECIES VS. CASUAL COMMUNION
In Church law, the communicant has the right to receive on the tongue or in the hand, and the further right to receive standing or kneeling.
WHY THE "DETAILS" OF THE LITURGY MATTER
Donald Dwight Hook
We should take the Catholic adage ‘what you pray is what you believe’ as an urgent warning.
AT THE NAME OF JESUS, LET EVERY KNEE REMAIN UNBENT?
We may stand for someone we decidedly do not revere. Kneeling, however, is a clear signal of reverence and even worship.
William J. Abbott
The Church seems to choose to appear as in decline artistically, liturgically, and inspirationally.
LEARNING FROM ST. GREGORY THE GREAT
Peter M. J. Stravinskas
Pope Gregory’s program was really quite simple: To return to the people of Rome a sense of sin and a sense of the sacred.
MUCH LOST, NOTHING GAINED
Leadership in a revival of Catholic devotions might be an appropriate role for those who are not priests but who are ordained: deacons.
THE CAMEL'S NOSE
Peter M.J. Stravinskas
SAUL ALINSKY IN THE SACRISTY
A BIG BLAST OF 'SMELLS & BELLS'
WHAT IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT
Mary F. Rousseau
Review of Meditations Before Mass and The Eucharist: Our Sanctification
Christopher W. Decker
Mary Alma Parker
Now in our time an edition of the BCP has appeared under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, which does what none of its predecessors did or could do.
- Karl Keating