Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

DPPL 64: An Antidote to “Sects”

John Paul II suggests that the Catholic distinctiveness is its culture of piety. Do you think it’s an adequate bulwark against “sects”–read evangelical Protestants? 64. The Magisterium also highlights the importance of popular piety for the faith-life of the People … Continue reading

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DPPL 62-63: Life, Death, and Christ

Popular piety can aid us in navigating the difficult straits of life and death, including the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ: 62. Popular piety can easily direct its attention to the Son of God who, for love of mankind, became … Continue reading

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DPPL 61: Values in Popular Piety

Values in popular piety, according to popes, we start with the Holy Spirit, the recognition that the Spirit guides people and the magisterium accepts this, in principle: 61. Popular piety, according to the Magisterium, is a living reality in and … Continue reading

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DPPL 60: Liturgy and Popular Piety in the Church’s Magisterium

In sections 60 through 75, we will review what popes and bishops have said and taught on this topic since Vatican II. This outline may be helpful: The Values in Popular Piety (61-64) Deviations in Popular Piety (65-66) The Subject … Continue reading

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DPPL 59: Importance of Formation

Concluding the “historical perspective” examined in DPPL 22-59, we read the catechesis and education is our go-to on the point of liturgy-piety imbalance: 59. In the light of the foregoing, it would seem that the formation of both clergy and … Continue reading

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DPPL 58: Two Expressions

As we near the end of the DPPL’s account of Vatican II, an endorsement of the both/and approach: 58. The Liturgy and popular piety, while not conterminous, remain two legitimate expressions of Christian worship. While not opposed to each other, … Continue reading

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DPPL 56-57: Cautions on Piety

A lack of trust in the liturgy has potential consequences: 56. Theoretical or practical contempt for the Liturgy inevitably leads to a clouding of the Christian understanding of the mystery of God, Who has mercifully deigned to look down on … Continue reading

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