Faith
John F. BaldovinSeptember 09, 2017
This latest document may not be a bombshell but it is certainly a significant change in direction with regard to who has responsibility for liturgical translations.
Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates Mass with about 50 cardinals in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican June 27. The Mass marked the pope's 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith Explainer
John F. BaldovinAugust 28, 2017
With his speech last week, Pope Francis has definitively and unequivocally put his weight behind a liturgical movement.
Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Okla., faces the crucifix on the altar as he celebrates Mass in June 2009 at Holy Family Cathedral (CNS photo/Dave Crenshaw, Eastern Oklahoma Catholic).
In All Things
John F. BaldovinJuly 21, 2016
The decision to face the people rested on a profound theological insight.
FINAL COMMENDATION. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley presides at the funeral Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Aug. 29, 2009.
John F. BaldovinMay 13, 2014
On Nov. 22, 1963, the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church assembled for the second session of the Second Vatican Council voted on the final draft of the “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” (“Sacrosanctum Concilium”). A few hours later President John F. Kennedy was assassina
John F. BaldovinMarch 17, 2014
The liturgical vision of Vatican II 50 years later
John F. BaldovinSeptember 25, 2006
In 2001 the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued an instruction on the translation of the liturgy entitled Liturgiam Authenticam. Five years later, at their semi-annual meeting in Los Angeles in mid-June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
John F. BaldovinMay 10, 2004
Not every Mass is going to be a great and deeply moving experience, not for the vast majority of us anyway. But there is a great deal to be said for simple fidelity to our worship. St. Ignatius Loyola says in the Spiritual Exercises that the person who is experiencing some desolation (dryness,
John F. BaldovinMarch 08, 2004
There is a saying, “Well begun is half done.” Liturgical celebrations are among the places where that saying is especially true. What follows is one presider’s and teacher’s reflection on the first half of the liturgy of the Mass, from before the entrance procession to the en
Books
John F. BaldovinMay 07, 2001
This is not the first book on the liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger a German Catholic theologian cardinal prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and former archbishop of Munich He has also written A New Song for the Lord as well as an important introduction to Klaus Gamber