Thank You Pope Benedict for the Extraordinary Form Mass

The wild and mysterious ways of God cause a lifetime of wonder. Had you told me ten years ago that I would be serving a Tridentine Mass on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville the day before the Pope who “reopened” the Missal of 1962 stepped down from the papacy, I would have given you a very strange look indeed. First for suggesting that I, a life-long traditionalist, w... More

The liturgy via the “hermeneutics of politics”

I’ve seen a few references online to the unscripted “chat” by Pope Benedict to priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome (e.g., Fr. Z here). And while I admit I didn’t read it all (I should be grading assignments right now, actually) I was blown away by a section on the liturgy. Photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales) Most folks have pointed to the section near the end... More


Theology Fail: Poster-Child for New Missal Resistance Says Priests Should Focus on “Changing Water into Wine”

This quote, taken from the Associated Press‘s coverage of the new translation of the Roman Missal roll-out, deserves to be immortalized before it is scrubbed from the news archives: Maribeth Lynch, 51, a publisher from the Milwaukee suburb of Elm Grove, said she was “distraught” over the changes and would refuse to “learn the damn prayers.” “It’s ridicul... More

Just In Time for Winter: German Village Rebuilds Snow Church! [Photos]

Washington, DC is enjoying mild temperatures right now but that’s sure to end soon. Meanwhile, in Germany, villagers have snow on the mind: Hotels and bars made out of ice have been common for a while — now a church is the latest project to get the cold treatment. In the Bavarian Forest, one congregation wants to build a place of worship out of 1,400 cubic meters of snow, just as thei... More

Teen Video Cleverly Explains the New Translation of the Mass

This video does a decent — not perfect — job of explaining the new translation of the Mass into English: Word for Word [Edge] from Life Teen on Vimeo. Found at Msgr. Charles Pope’s blog for the Archdiocese of DC (ph/t: The Anchoress). There will be resistance to the new translation in places, especially because some liberal catholics are attempting to foment this hesitancy to ac... More


It’s time to reset our Liturgical Clock

I’m proud to offer my full support to George Weigel’s recommendation that we reclaim the Church’s “Countercultural Time” as a way to promote universal holiness in America, specifically by reclaiming traditional feasts and solemnities as days Catholics are required to attend Mass: Let me suggest one specific, concrete way that Catholicism in America can begin to mount... More

Poll Results: New Translation of the Mass

Looks like AmP readers are strong supporters of the new translation of the Roman Missal into English, based on the results of last week’s poll. A majority (53%) are strong supporters, 37% are open to it, 5% want to learn more and about 4% are against it. Learn more about the new translation here on the USCCB website and by reading Louie Verrecchio’s series of articles on the CNA websi... More




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