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The Church, the Artwork, and the Custodian

Were the pious seventeenth century nobles of Pio Monte, who commissioned Caravaggio’s “The Seven Acts of Mercy” to honor their own commitment to works of mercy, right to insist that this artwork remain in the church for which it was intended?


Is Charity Part of the Leitourgia?

“The link between religious liturgy and the social leitourgia that cares for the poor body is part of the Christian liturgy from the very earliest texts…”


Non Solum: Electronic Giving and the Collection

What has been your experience of electronic giving? How does it affect the liturgy, specifically the collection?


Michael Silhavy Becomes Senior Editor at GIA

Michael Sihavy appointed Senior Editor at GIA. David Anderson will move into the role of Editor-at-Large.


Malines Conversation Group discusses ordination rites and Amoris Laetitia

“I think it’s true to say we don’t use the language of ‘null and void’ any more” as that’s “clearly not what is spoken by the gestures, generosity, and warmth which we see time and time again.”


RCIA Retention Rates Not Just Good, They’re Excellent

We’ve all heard it. When the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) comes up in discussion as a good thing for the church or as one of the come-from-behind success stories of post-Vatican II liturgy, someone will always pipe up and say: “But I’ve read somewhere there’s a shocking rate of them leaving afterwards,” […]

A Place for Reconciliation

Should the Church be holding more open-air reconciliation events, out in the sunshine?


At the movies

I am wondering if readers have examples to offer of liturgies depicted in movies or in fictional / dramatic television productions.


Good Table Manners?

“The fact that by the end of Vatican II the church’s dogmatic teaching treated the Mass in terms not of propitiatory sacrifice but of table—the one table of Christ, both Word and Body—cannot be overestimated in relation to the reform of the Mass that followed. The popular, practical import over the ensuing half-century in the United States is evident in the way the vast majority of the Catholic laity have developed a highly open, forgiving, and inclusive view of who is welcomed not only to take part as members of the liturgical assembly but also to join in Holy Communion.”



Preparing for a reflection

I was asked to preach at a Vespers service at the Institute for Church Life here at Notre Dame last week, and they very kindly hosted the reflection on the Church Life website. The topic is the Easter season for those of us in academic life, who are extremely rushed right now. “Easter in the […]

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The Liturgical Reform and the ‘Political’ Message of Vatican II in the Age of a Privatized and Libertarian Culture

“From a theological point of view, today it is difficult to utilize the ideas of ‘society’ in the pre–Vatican II liturgical movement because they lack the whole ecclesiological context of Vatican II, which gives the idea of the liturgy and its ‘social culture’ a different flavor. We must restore the link between liturgical reform and social justice, but this is viable only in the context of a theology that does not ignore Vatican II.” – Massimo Faggioli


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