In nomine Dei...

Classmates since first year high, David Tracy and I were ordained in Rome in December 1963 and, after having earned our Licentiates in Sacred Theology, came home in 1964. The following fall I was a curate in Yonkers and David at St. Marys in Stamford, CT. This was the parish of William F. Buckley, whom David named as one of the first readers as the very initial liturgical reforms began in Advent 1964. David was in the parish for only one year, before going back to Rome for a doctorate, so this must have happened in the spring or summer of 1965. One evening I received a call from him saying that Buckley had called him and asked him for help on a headline he wanted for an article in National Review, namely, how to say in Latin, "What in the name of God is going on in the Catholic Church?" David and I put our heads together and came up with something like: In nomine Dei, quid agitur in Ecclesia Catholica? But Im not sure if it was ever used.I believe that Buckley wrote a piece for Commonweal back in 1967 about what he saw as the degeneration of liturgy in the years after the Council. It is very funny.R.I.P.

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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