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A new treasury of primary source material for Vatican II

Newly published material, all of it predating the Second Vatican Council, illustrates a wide range of views on liturgical development and change.

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Austrian Bishop Speaks Out Against the “Reform of the Reform”

“I am convinced that there cannot and will not be a general change of the ‘Ordinary Form’ of the Roman Catholic Church as renewed after the Council.”

Patrick Regan, OSB, RIP [updated]

Pray Tell has received word that Abbot Patrick Regan passed away last night at 8 pm.

Lincoln: Ad Orientem Masses Encouraged during Advent

Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization…

False Nostalgia: The Culture of the Latin Mass from a Millennial’s Perspective

Catholics were not participating in the Mass and generally had no idea what was going on…

Friars against the monks! Monks against the friars!

Sometimes you uncover an old dispute simmering under the unassuming cover of a Hesburgh Library volume…

+ James Martin Hayes, 1924-2016, Emeritus Archbishop of Halifax

Throughout the years, friends recall that Archbishop Hayes never lost his sense of hope, even in the years when resistance to Vatican II became more evident. Pointing to a photo of his own cathedral clad in scaffolding for its renovation, he commented, “A church being renovated can look like it’s in ruins, but I will not let go of my optimism.”

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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Scapegoating Liturgical Reform

The problem of secularization cannot be fixed by returning to an earlier age. Culturally, the world is a very different place than before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.


Liturgical Study Club 2016

Which is more significant for the liturgical experience—sacred time or sacred space?