Tagged: Vatican II

St. Maravillas: A prophetic witness for Vatican II

On January 8, 2022, Crisis Magazine published an article by Mary Cuff, “The Beauty of Austerity.” In her article, Ms. Cuff presents St. Maravillas de Jesús, the Spanish Discalced Carmelite and Foundress, as the model and patron saint of resistance...

St. Maravillas: A prophetic witness for Vatican II

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

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

John Paul I and Francis: Kindred Spirits

On October 13, Pope Francis gave his approval for the beatification of Pope John Paul I, who is best known for having one of the shortest pontificates in history: just 33 days. We have to look back to 1605 to...

John Paul I and Francis: Kindred Spirits

Paradigm Shifts after Vatican II

How does one tell the story of the Second Vatican Council? It is a question that has fascinated many people over the past fifty years, challenged them as well, because for one thing, more than one story is involved. Why...

Paradigm Shifts after Vatican II

What did Pope Francis say about the Law?

Reuters recently reported that some Israeli rabbis had written the Vatican to express their “distress” about one line from Pope Francis’s recent addresses on Galatians: “The Law, however, does not give life.” According to Reuters, the rabbis worry that this...

What did Pope Francis say about the Law?

The History of Liturgical Reform

In light of the debate over Traditiones Custodes, I’ve been doing some research into the history of the Church’s liturgical reform. A lot of historical claims have been made on social media about the state of the liturgy prior to...

The History of Liturgical Reform

Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy

An area of contention and debate surrounding the state of the Roman liturgy today is sacred music. Many today will point out that Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, states, “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as...

Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy

The Liturgy is for the People

A big mistake that some Catholics make is to think of the liturgy as clergy-centered. Honestly, it’s difficult to blame them—priests really do play a great role in liturgical celebrations. For example, without a priest, it is impossible to have...

The Liturgy is for the People