Liturgy
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Liturgy

THE LATIN MASS BECOMES A CULT OF TOXIC TRADITION  
In the wake of much needed reforms instituted by the Second Vatican Council, the Latin Mass has become a rallying point for change-resistant sects within the church.
REIMAGINING THE EUCHARIST 
As well as [being] a time of loss, this might be a moment to broaden our understanding of the Eucharist and to deepen our spirituality beyond the walls of our usual place of worship.
NEW WAYS TO WORSHIP - COVID-19 & THE CHURCH 
Though we may miss our closed churches, the integration of church and home could help us reimagine how faith informs our daily lives.
CELEBRATING MASS SAFELY — BUT PASTORALLY — DURING A PANDEMIC 
How to celebrate the Eucharist while protecting public health is an issue confronting the U.S. Catholic bishops as the country gradually relaxes stay-at-home restrictions.
INSTEAD OF TELEVISED MASS, PRAY TEILHARD'S 'MASS ON THE WORLD' 
Each of us can celebrate, reaching out to the elements of our lives at hand, consecrating them to embody and reflect the divine presence, and receiving this communion into our hearts and minds.
LITURGY AFTER THE LOCKDOWN: IS THE VIRUS TELLING US SOMETHING? 
The word ekklesia is used 114 times in the New Testament. It is translated as "church" and is always used in reference to people – never a building.
SHOULD YOU GO TO MASS IN A PANDEMIC? 5 RULES FOR DISCERNING A HARD QUESTION 
We shouldn’t insist on attending Mass simply because it is our right to do so. We shouldn’t go to Mass because of some attachment to routine or a sense of normality.
I WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU, NOT WATCH YOU PRAY 
Our parishes must consider how to create virtual and in-person worship experiences that are communal and meaningful. Those at home want to feel like their presence in their community of faith still matters and that their presence in the pew is missed.
RETURNING TO THE SACRAMENT OF DIVINE LOVE 
A primarily canonical response is not the most prudent way to address the present situation, where, in most places -- according to both surveys and online priest discussion groups - only a minority of those who were regular Sunday Mass goers in February have returned to regular worship.
AFTER THE PANDEMIC: WHAT KIND OF WORSHIP COMMUNITY WILL WE RETURN TO? 
Will the people return? Why would they? What could lead them to do so? A related question arises: What can be done to make community worship more appealing?
NO MORE "SPECTATORS": ALWAYS ACTIVE AT MASS 
Mass is always celebrated, and not only by the priest who presides over it, but by all Christians who live it. The center is Christ! and not only by the priest who presides over it, but by all the Christians who live it.
AFTER COVID, MASS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. MAYBE THAT’S A GOOD THING 
For some, the wide array of livestreamed Masses has provided an opportunity to reconnect with old parishes or explore new ones. For others, the dispensation from Sunday Mass has been a chance to gather in small “house churches”...
IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE OF CATHOLIC LITURGICAL REFORM  
Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated by Catholics than the liturgy. Everyone has strong opinions based on years of personal experience.
EXPLAINER: WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE LATIN MASS? 
The post-Vatican II liturgy is centered on the premise that the people of God celebrate the liturgy together in virtue of their shared baptism. Instead, the church has experienced two different forms coexisting uneasily...
FRANCIS REIMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON LATIN MASS, REVERSING DECISION OF POPE BENEDICT 
Francis said he was doing so because Benedict's reform had become a source of division and used as a tool by Catholics opposed to the Second Vatican Council...
POPE FRANCIS RENEWS RESTRICTIONS ON OLD LATIN MASS, REVERSING BENEDICT XVI 
He suggested that those who favored the old Latin Mass had been exploiting the rite as a way to “reinforce the divergences, and encourage disagreements that injure the Church.”
FRANCIS & THE TRADITIONALISTS 
Pope Francis knows that traditionalism is not going away any time soon, writes Massimo Faggioli. Willing to accommodate it where he can, he will not give an inch on Vatican II.
MAKING SENSE OF POPE FRANCIS’ NEW RESTRICTIONS ON THE LATIN MASS  
The Second Vatican Council’s clear intent was that the Mass be celebrated in the vernacular and that this be the primary way that people experience the Mass. This was one of the main ways that the Council hoped to promote what it called the “full, active” participation in the sacrament.
DIOCESES RESPOND TO POPE’S DOCUMENT RESTORING LIMITS ON PRE-VATICAN II MASS 
'Summorum Pontificium’ (issued by Pope Benedict) sought to foster the healing of the schism of Archbishop (Marcel) Lefebvre and others who rejected not only the liturgical reforms of Vatican II but indeed often the council itself. As it turned out, not only did it not achieve that purpose, the unintended result was to create further division within parishes and among priests.
POPE ISSUES RESTRICTIONS ON 'DIVISIVE' OLD RITE 
Francis has issued sweeping new restrictions on celebrations of the Old Rite, saying that it has been used to fuel division and reject the Second Vatican Council.
TRADITIONIS CUSTODES 
Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” by the Pope Francis on the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The document places new restrictions on the use of the traditional Latin Mass.
THE CHURCH IS A 'WE': REFLECTIONS ON FRANCIS' RESTRICTING THE LATIN MASS 
Liturgy is like putting your hand in a glove and being in a familiar place and space. It is not reinventing the wheel according to whims and individual likes or dislikes. Liturgy is.
THE NINE QUESTIONS THAT SEALED THE FATE OF THE LATIN MASS 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent a questionnaire, at the pope’s request, to bishops’ conferences last year, titled “consultation of bishops on the application of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.”
THE OLD RITE RESTRICTED  
Liturgical reform is fraught with difficulties and takes time. It sometimes requires restraint, and sometimes firmness. Bishops will need to be “understanding, patient, and prudent” when applying Francis’ latest ruling; and to ensure that all the faithful return to the reformed liturgy of 1970 will “require great sensitivity and patience”.
LATIN MASS HYSTERIA 
The outcry from Catholic conservatives and self-styled “Traditionalists” over Pope Francis’s decision to restore restrictions on the unreformed, pre-1970 Latin version of the Mass has been so angry and anguished that it has obscured several important realities about this controversy.
IT'S NOT ABOUT LATIN 
Catholics seem confused over why Pope Francis wants to phase out the pre-Vatican II form of the Mass. Francis published the "motu proprio" to curtail the celebration of Mass in its pre-Vatican II form not the Mass in Latin
A LIVING CATHOLIC TRADITION 
Instead of promoting greater harmony with and closeness to the universal Church, broad availability of the older rites has been used as an opportunity to create a “Church within a Church,” a community apart from the mainstream.
I LOVE LATIN MASS AND POPE FRANCIS. PLEASE DON’T LET A FEW (VERY LOUD) TRADITIONALISTS RUIN IT FOR THE REST OF US 
Many Catholics are now devastated to lose access to a treasured rite that has nourished their spiritual lives for decades.
HOW THE NOVUS ORDO MASS WAS MADE 
The incremental Vatican II reforms brought about by the September 1964 and May 1967 Instructions opened the way to a general reform of the Mass. They lay the groundwork for it in two transitional phases...
TRADITIONIS CUSTODES WAS NEVER MERELY ABOUT THE LITURGY 
Much more than a decree regulating liturgy, Traditionis Custodes is a decisive moment in the history of papal reception of Vatican II.
FOUR REASONS FRANCIS HAD TO RESTRICT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS 
Will there be a schism? Will some leave the Church over this? Possibly. But no real Catholic deprives the pope of his authority to regulate the liturgy and worship of the people.
THE EUCHARIST NEEDS TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE 
Stop worrying about whom to exclude from the table and instead focus our attention on including those who are excluded through no fault of their own...
DOUTHAT’S CRITICISM OF POPE’S RESTRICTION OF LATIN MASS IS FASCINATING; IT’S ALSO AHISTORICAL AND HAS BEEN USED BEFORE 
Douthat’s argument merits a response because it reveals a particular cultural myopia unique to American Catholic conservatism.
TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS ADVOCATES PROVE POPE FRANCIS WAS RIGHT 
The traditional Latin Mass led to a distorted ecclesiology and, at least in America, opened a new battlefront in the culture wars. If you doubt the pope was right, you have only to listen to his critics.
SIX SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS' DOCUMENT ON THE EUCHARIST 
The U.S. bishops are working on a document on the Eucharist, which could be very helpful if they do it right. The chances are slim.
A STRATEGY FOR LAUNCHING A EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL 
The essential starting point must be the needs of our people. Context is key. Every effort should be made to avoid an ahistorical presentation of the Eucharist that is abstracted from daily life.
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