Tagged: liturgy

Annibale Bugnini: Liturgy’s Greatest Villain

One morning, back in March of 2016, checking up on the news of the day, I came across a headline from the website of the Daily Express (an outlet whose alleged “journalism” has been discussed on this website once before),...

Annibale Bugnini: Liturgy’s Greatest Villain

Author who called pope “heretic” to speak at DC parish

This evening, May 23, 2022, at 7 pm, Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church, a predominantly Black parish in Southeast Washington, DC, will be hosting a talk by controversial traditionalist speaker Peter Kwasniewski on “Understanding Organic Development in the Catholic Liturgy:...

Author who called pope “heretic” to speak at DC parish

Opening the Sense Gates with the Liturgy

The Mahayana Buddhist scripture Vimalakirti Nirdesa, also known as the Vimalakirti Sutra, contains one of the most radical ascetic statements in any religion’s canonical texts. The main figure of the text, Vimalakirti, is feigning illness so that he can preach...

Opening the Sense Gates with the Liturgy

Something Worse than Unsatisfactory Liturgy

In my last article, I discussed the dangers of traditionalism and finished by promising to address the traditionalist anxiety about change and instability, especially in the liturgy. Many traditionalists make no attempt to appreciate the significance of the Second Vatican...

Something Worse than Unsatisfactory Liturgy

Prepare well for Lent

I have a confession to make. I am, by training, a liturgist. As such, I cringe at the well-known joke—“What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with terrorists.”—both because there is a grain of truth...

Prepare well for Lent

Is the Liturgy God’s Work?

A recent article of mine generated quite a bit of controversy. Many of the most vocal critics seem to have missed the point of the article altogether, and as a result accused me of advocating for individual creativity in the...

Is the Liturgy God’s Work?

Liturgical Renewal and Traditionalist Trolls

In my nearly four years as editor of Where Peter Is, I’ve usually had good intuition about which of our posts will attract attention. Whenever we’ve broken a news story (such as when we uncovered court documents that helped reveal...

Liturgical Renewal and Traditionalist Trolls

Prayer Cards, Painting Class, and Liturgy Wars

In my experience, many traditionalists[1] perceive the “New Mass” as empty and bland compared to the richness of the Tridentine liturgy. From their perspective, the new liturgy needs artificial distractions, from ad-libbing to clowns, to maintain people’s interest. The inherent...

Prayer Cards, Painting Class, and Liturgy Wars

Keep the timing of the seasons

Timing is everything, so the adage goes. But while the calendar says that it is the first week of November (Halloween was just two days ago!) and the trees here are barely changing color, the Hallmark Channel is already into...

Keep the timing of the seasons

Liturgical Just So Stories – Latin

Is Latin a “Sacred Language”? The “Iconostasis of the West”? A unifying, universal language? Or are we being fed a bunch of “Just So” stories? What attitudes might these “Just So” stories be inculcating? The Use of Latin While Latin...

Liturgical Just So Stories – Latin