RIP Anscar Chupungco UPDATED 1-15-13

Chupungco’s death came just weeks before he was to be conferred both a papal award and an award from the bishops in the Philippines. On January 26, he was to receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888, for his service to the Church, and the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross Award from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

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This is a response to Anscar Chupungco’s talk, “Liturgical Studies and Liturgical Renewal.” The greatest growth—astounding growth, in fact—in the post-Vatican II church has been in Asia and Africa. Would this have happened had these regions not enjoyed the benefit a liturgy that was indeed clear, understandable, and expressed in the language and idioms of their own cultures?

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