The rolling revolution

By Gordon E. Truitt

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  1. “One could imagine Rome
    as a distant and irrelevant anachronism, embarrassment, even adversary. Rome as

    Good thing we never see this kind of thinking anymore.

  2. I confirm much of Gordon Truitt’s description of what happened to the liturgical reform.

    During and immediately after VII, I was a RC seminarian. We had both People’s Mass Book and Hymnal for Young Christians. As a seminarian, I was at Liturgy Week, 1964.

    The bishops legislated rather than educated. The seminary faculty implemented liturgical changes as legislated but did not teach them. The seminarians educated themselves, but from popular rather than academic resources.

    The importance of the liturgy was a major thing I kept after leaving the seminary. The pastors I encountered over the next decades on liturgy committees seemed to be happy to be in the vernacular but to be unfamiliar with SC or the GIRM principles.

    I wish I had been aware many years ago of the KC musicians dispute, for the terms Truitt describes have been visible for decades even though I was unaware of the lines drawn then.

    I continue to be troubled by the dominance of the extremes described by Truitt, both regarding the term “active” and the role of music.

    I am concerned that, once again, bishops are failing to understand or provide basic education about liturgy but are merely legislating. I am concerned that the best qualified liturgists seem to be so disheartened by the current use of juridical authority instead of professional authority regarding liturgy that we, too, are missing this as an opportunity for liturgical education.

  3. Maybe I had a natural penchant for “the changes” of SC, but living in Indiana, Wisconsin, and then Illinois during the years of the phased in changes, I have clear memories of good catechetical homilies on why we were doing what we were doing.
    Or, perhaps, situated between St Meinrad’s and St John’s Benedictine abbeys as we were, we really did have better prepared priests who were in turn better to prepare their assemblies. I know one priest, educated at St Meinrad’s and ordained in 1963, who told me that they had a lot of “Don’t be surprised if this changes” and “They are thinking of changing this” and “Eventually this will change.”
    I have often wondered if I was alone in this, or if other Midwesterners have similar memories.

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