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Amy Welborn said in July 22nd, 2014 at 2:09 am

Thank you for the link. When was I defender of the liturgical status quo? Just wondering. Do you have any links?

stuart chessman said in July 30th, 2014 at 12:01 am

Dear Amy,

That’s how I remember the discussions on your website. It’s some nine years now! I recall that you were an advocate of the “Ordinary Form” as it’s been subsequently called. You did indeed take issue with outrageous liturgical abuses – such as those at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis – and with the overall low quality of Catholic music – I remember you were supporting singing the mass texts instead of “four hymns.” Yet at the same time the supporters of Charismatic liturgies, who have an entirely different liturgical sensibility, always had a favorable reception. I don’t recall the advocates of “reform of the reform” having had an equally prominent role, and traditionalists were entirely outside the pale. I would sum that up as support of the status quo – not of the abuses of the status quo, but of the liturgical texts and administrative policies that made those abuses possible. But I could well imagine that you saw yourself as a principled advocate of reform of the actually existing state of the liturgy.

In the meantime much has changed. We have had Summorum Pontificum which opened up an entirely new perspective on the relationship between the old and new liturgies( or “forms of the Roman Rite.”). And now we have Pope Francis who by all appearances favors the charismatic option. It would be interesting to hear your take on all this.


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