If a future pope rolled back the 20th century liturgical reforms, would they allow pluralism for the reformed rites?Read more
Author: Jonathan Day
On Reginald Foster’s Latin
Tireless evangelist for Latin, pioneering teacher with an eccentric approach – but it reflected a deep understanding of how languages work.Read more
Liturgical change at the Second Vatican Council: a report from 1963
Ratzinger on the liturgies held at the start and conclusion of the 1st session of Vatican II.Read more
When did the rupture first take place?
A question for those who hold that the Mass as most Catholics know it represents an ‘irreformable rupture’: when did the rupture first take place?Read more
How to Translate Conversatio Morum?
In a recent liturgy, a candidate for simple profession to a Benedictine abbey promised stability (in English), obedience (in English), and conversatio morum (in Latin). Why couldn’t that third promise be rendered in English? And how best to do so?Read more
Eamon Duffy on the Mass translation of 2011
It is not only “liberals” who critique Liturgiam Authenticam and the bizarre translation that it led to; scholars of impeccable academic and “conservative” credentials reach the same conclusion.Read more
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.Read more
Follow-up: Is Summorum Pontificum Divisive?
The very term “traditionalism” is fundamentally modern.Read more
Disambiguating the “quod” clause in GIRM section 299
The Latin of a controversial rubric in the Roman Missal is inherently ambiguous. Neither a Vatican clarification nor strong comments from participants on both sides of the liturgical spectrum have made it less so.Read more
A Mass lacking architectural integrity
Lots of things happened during a solemn parish liturgy, but they didn’t add up.Read more