America magazine polled its readers on how they would rate the liturgy in their parishes. Responses were remarkable positive. 56% rated the quality as “very high” or “high.” Perhaps no surprise, preaching was one area that many (23%) said needed improvement. Maybe a bit more surprising, 24% said that “lay engagement” needed improvement. It’s a bit hard to know exactly what this means, but presumably many feel that our liturgical assemblies are not yet to the full, conscious, and active participation that Vatican II called for over half a century ago. Also surprising was that music was not higher on the dissatisfaction list (only 16%), given how much people like to complain about it.