Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

DPPL 47-49: A Current Imbalance

DPPL 47 ends the glance at history, and turns our attention to the present day: 47. From the foregoing historical outline, it is clear that the question of the relationship between Liturgy and popular piety is not an exclusively contemporary one. … Continue reading

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DPPL 46: Pius X and the Last Century

The DPPL wraps up its look at history with the twentieth century. A momentous and often-overlooked shift: 46. At the outset of the twentieth century, St. Pope Pius X (1903-1914) proposed bringing the Liturgy closer to the people, thereby “popularizing” … Continue reading

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DPPL 45: Romanticism and a Budding Liturgical Renewal

According to the DPPL, the Church experienced renewal in both liturgy and popular piety in the 1800’s. It’s interesting that “revival” is used in the English translation of the text here, as “revival” is also how religious awakening in Protestant … Continue reading

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DPPL 44: The Contemporary Period

The DPPL defines the “Contemporary Period” as post-1800: 44. Following the French revolution with its objective of eradicating the Christian faith and its overt hostility to Christian worship, the nineteenth century witnessed a important liturgical revival. Certainly, the French Revolution … Continue reading

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DPPL 43: 18th Century Missionary Expansion

The DPPL speaks of missionary expansion in the 1700’s, but aside from the growing diversity in religious orders, it kept to a very Roman effort, on the whole: 43. The Catholic Reform strengthened the structure and unity of the Roman … Continue reading

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DPPL 42: Battling Superstition and Magic

The Directory looks at some sensibilities that might be Tridentine, might be better considered anti-reformation, but they were the expressions of fallible human beings during an age in which the Church was losing political supremacy, and indeed, had already lost … Continue reading

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DPPL 41: The Tridentine Stamp on Catholicism

A council never has the final word. It is always in the implementation that the council’s real work is done and the impact achieved. Trent was certainly successful in placing a stamp on Roman Catholicism: 41. The Catholic reform, with … Continue reading

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