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    One of the many lasting legacies of the papacy of Benedict XVI concerns liturgical music. Enormous progress has been made in his papacy. Incredibly this progress has happened without new legislation, new restrictions, new mandates, or firm-handed attempts to impose…

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    The Rise of Latin Mass Youth

    by George Neumayr

    Liberal bishops dismissed Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic constitution authorizing wider use of the traditional Latin mass, as a bone thrown to over-the-hill conservatives. But Pope Benedict XVI probably wrote it more for the young than the old. One…

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    Vatican Instruction Released: The Good and the Bad

    by Michael Brendan Dougherty

      The long-awaited (and occasionally feared) Instruction on Summorum Pontificum was published earlier today, addressing some of the questions that the ultra-slow motion return of the Traditional Latin Mass has occasioned. So what do we learn? First, the good: Bishops…

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    The New Missal: Disaster or Opportunity?

    by Fr. Robert Johansen

    Last week, the Holy See gave the formal recognitio, or official approval, to the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, the book that contains the prayers and rubrics of the Mass. The third edition of the…

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    Can the Theological Virtues Eat the Natural Ones?

    by John Zmirak

    Like many tradition-loving Catholics, I feel terrible for Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos — now the second-most hated cardinal in the Church, after Bernard Cardinal Law. As John Allen observed, Cardinal Castrillón once “was widely considered a serious contender to become…

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    All Your Church Are Belong to Us

    by John Zmirak

      “Why do you people care so much about externals?” my non-Trad friends sometimes ask me. And they deserve an answer. A few weeks back, my delightfully contentious colleague here, Mark Shea, waded into the conflict between those who describe…

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    A Young Father Meets the Old Mass

    by Steve Skojec

    My discovery of the Traditional Latin Mass, now known in the wake of Summorum Pontificum as the “extraordinary rite,” was a slow but logical process rooted in a lifelong desire for a liturgy that was sensible, sacramental, and enhanced by…

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    Your Life Is a Gift

    by John Zmirak

      The pope’s new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (CV), is a "big" document, and I won’t pretend to dispose of it with a brief commentary. Like its ancestor, the epochal Rerum Novarum, it will work its way through the mills…

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    Confessions of a Traditional Catholic

    by Steve Skojec

      "Hello. My name is Steve, and I’m a ‘traditional’ Catholic."   So begins my admission of membership in a disparate group that, as you’ve already read, is far too well known for its bitterness, anger, and lack of evangelical…

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    Long Live Pope Benedict: The Motu Proprio, One Year Later

    by Thomas E. Woods Jr.

      For nearly 20 years, those who supported the return of the old liturgy (now the “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman rite) scoured the news for the rare bishop who used the 1962 Missal on such-and-such occasion, favorable comments by…

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    Restored Preparation

    by David G. Bonagura Jr.

    When the Christmas season concludes in mid-January with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Church begins the season known as Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is not so named because it is dull or lacking the flare of…

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    On the Cusp of Something Great

    by Elizabeth Scalia

    Elizabeth Scalia, raised between Rites, welcomes back the Old Latin Mass, and wonders if its return might help improve the New.

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    Rebellion Against the Pope Over the Latin Mass

    by Deal W. Hudson

    From the Vatican comes news that resistance to Benedict XVI’s promotion of the Old Latin Mass is considered “rebellion against the pope.” You may recall that on July 7, 2007, Benedict XVI released an Apostolic Letter called a motu proprio…

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    The New Old

    by David Warren

    Four years have now passed since I brought an end, all of a sudden, to 20 years of thinking about becoming a Catholic, and under the impression (which I retain) that I had been simply instructed to do so by…

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