Liturgy

Missal Defense

This year, thanks to the adoption of the new translation of the Roman Missal, the First Sunday of Advent is looming like a date with a root canal. As I mentioned in...

The War on Beige

The search for good resources for adult religious formation is not an easy one. There is the Catechism of the Catholic Church itself, of course, authoritative and...

It Doesn’t Sing

Beginning in Advent of this year, the language of the Mass will be very different. A new translation of the Roman Missal—the book of prayers used in the Mass—will...

Roman Missal Crisis

1963: Vatican II allowed the use of “the mother tongue” in the liturgy, entrusting bishops conferences with overseeing translations, which Rome would then approve....

Liturgy by Committee

The banished heart of Geoffrey Hull’s title is the traditional Roman liturgy; his subtitle refers to the present liturgical practice of the Catholic Church; and the...

Up against the Wall

I’m tired of being nice about it, tired of being politically correct when this issue comes up. So I’ll be blunt. Someone just left my parish to join one that has an...

Joys (& Fears) of Cooking

It was a Mass celebrating a major anniversary of the parish and I was right in the middle of the homily. It was also one of those exquisite moments when the message...

Growing Up Catholic

This article originally appeared in the February 26, 1965, issue of Commonweal.It is difficult to write about something in flux as if it were something fixed;...

No Labels, Please

Sometimes, when talking to younger audiences, the theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill will describe herself as a “relic” of the distant and benighted era before the Second...

Squandered

I went to a Catholic school where everyone went to daily Mass. As the priest read the appointed Scriptures in Latin, we did our best to follow the English...

Radical, OP

Che Guevara once wrote that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. For some—especially those over fifty—that remark will call up the illusions...

How to Shut Up

I bought my first rosary in 1960. It was plastic and pink, and it cost a dime. Our Catholic school had mandated that all first-graders purchase a rosary from the...
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Book Reviews

The World Beyond Your Head

April 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Behind the Tridentine Myth

May 23, 2013 | 1 comment

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Liturgy by Committee

June 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Righting the Rites

April 20, 2009 | 0 comments