Sacrosanctum ConciliumThis is the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council. This is the document that first called for there to be a revision of the Mass. Read what the Fathers at Vatican II actually said should be done, and compare it what actually happened. You'll be astonished! Of special interest are the sections stating that Latin must remain the language of the Mass, Gregorian Chant should be given pride of place and Pipe Organ music retained!
Becoming Catholic: Making it hardby Jennifer Mehl Ferrara. "Far from drawing me into the Church, the manner in which the Mass is celebrated in most parishes constituted, in the end, the greatest stumbling block to my conversion." (from First Things, January 1999)
Cardinal Mahony's "Gather Faithfully Together"by Basil Cole. This article addresses certain problems that emerged from reading Gather Faithfully Together and with charity attempts to claryify them. (from Homiletic & Pastoral Review, August/September 1999)
How can you have a Latin Mass?(from Sacred Music, Spring 1976) - Some time ago I was at dinner in a clerical gathering after Confirmation in a parish church. About ten priests were present at table with the bishop. One pastor called down to me to inquire how well the Latin high Mass in my parish was attended. Before I could reply, a young priest sitting next to me interjected, "How can you have a Latin Mass?"
Ordinary of the MassAn editorial by Fr Robert Skeris examining the question of musical settings for the Mass and true liturgical renewal.
Ottaviani InterventionCardinals Ottaviani & Bacci. This essay was co-authored by Cardinal Ottaviani soon after Pope Paul VI announced the promulgation of the new Order of Mass. Cardinal Ottaviani was Prefect of the Congregation of the Holy Office (which was later renamed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). In matters of faith and morals, he was the highest authority in the Church after the Pope. His theological assessment of the new Mass cannot be dismissed lightly.
Participation(from Sacred Music, Winter 1987) With the constitution on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, issued in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council, everyone became very conscious of personal participation in the sacred liturgy, particularly in the Mass. But active participation in in the liturgy was not a concept created by the Second Vatican Council.
Restore the Sacredby Robert Moynihan. Many in Rome would like to see a 'reform of the reform' in the liturgy of the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church. Not least among them: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. What kind of reform does he envision?
Rethinking Communion in the Handby Jude Huntz. This article challenges the arguments supporting the now-widespread practice of receiving Communion in the hand (which is permitted as the exception) instead of on the tongue (which is the rule).
Tour of the Mass of Paul VIby Paul McLachlan. This article steps through what happens at the new Mass for those who are new or not familiar with it. (This is the Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council to replace the traditional Mass.)