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Archive for category Vatican II

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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Is Summorum Pontificum Divisive?

On the danger of divisions in the Church because of wider use of the unreformed pre-Vatican II liturgy, Bergoglio was of a different mind than Pope Benedict.

Alternative Facts on Vatican II

After the Second Vatican Council, church attendance numbers in Germany declined. It is frequently maintained that there is a causal connection between the two. But is this really true?

What to Do With the Filioque

The filioque debate is a well known ecumenical issue. I give my ideas for a viable solution, mainly with regard to the liturgy.

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The Fifty-first Anniversary of the Closing of Vatican II

Sometimes I think of the mystery of the Incarnation—central to Advent and Christmas—as God deciding to enroll in the “Human Being 101” course. Not because God didn’t grasp what it was like to be fully human, but because WE didn’t grasp that God fully knew our human experience. So, in the person of Jesus, God lived among us and knew our joys and hopes, our griefs and anxieties first-hand. And we still unfold and celebrate that mystery in our own day-by-day living as members of Christ’s Body.

Auxiliary bishops and why they are (not) needed

The existence of auxiliary bishops in the Catholic Church is comprehensible, but not very helpful for the theology of episcopacy according to the Second Vatican Council.

Is Liturgical Reform Possible?

In my book, I suggested that we will know liturgical reform has been effective when our Orthodox people are Paschal in every aspect of their lives.

Thomas Merton on Liturgical Reform

A liturgical reform that is centered on a communion of love must have at its heart an openness to others, and so an openness to a diversity of views.

Viewpoint: Should Mass Be Celebrated with the Priest Facing Away from the People?

It would be unwise to change the post-Vatican II practice now. It would cause confusion and irritation. So, I will not start celebrating Mass facing away from the people on the first Sunday of Advent.

Traditional Latin Mass in New Hampshire

Perhaps you saw this AP story – I’m quoted in it.