Bruce Morrill, S.J., holds the Edward A. Malloy Chair in Roman Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he is Professor of Theological Studies in the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion and Director of the Doctorate of Ministry program. He provides educative, liturgical, and pastoral ministry in parish, school, and prison settings in Nashville and has done so over the years across the USA, including regular trips to Yup’ik villages in western Alaska. In addition to ongoing publications in academic journals, collective volumes, and popular platforms, his ten books include Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory (2000), Divine Worship and Human Healing (2009), and the forthcoming Practical Sacramental Theology: At the Intersection of Liturgy and Ethics (2021).

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.”

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