God help the poor souls who have to moderate its comboxes.
That matter aide, I’d have to say it’s long, long overdue. To think that internet liturgy wisdom for the past decade has been perceived to be the sole domain of slavish translators and such is truly absurd.
Fr Anthony Ruff on the effort:
This blog arose from our sense that the conversation needs to broadened, deepened, redirected. Moderate and progressive voices need to be in dialogue with zealous traditional voices. The “spiritual import” which is the “real nature of the liturgy” needs to be reemphasized. The fundamental pastoral intent of the Second Vatican Council, and of the larger ecumenical liturgical movement of that era, needs to be restated, refined, defended.
Some will ask, Is this to be a liberal blog? Well, what else would you expect from Collegeville?! But more needs to be said than that. If liberal means open-minded, self-questioning, ecumenical, attentive to contemporary culture, and avoidant of romantic nostalgia, then we surely hope to be liberal. But if liberal means yesterday’s progressivism, yesterday’s ideals as if the culture and the churches haven’t changed dramatically since the 1970s or 1980s, then we hope to be not at all liberal. Those in the “old guard,” if there be such, can expect to be challenged and engaged.
Few enough commenters and bloggers press me on liturgy. Many of my critics seem to confine themselves to the judgment, “Those who are not with us are against us,” dismissing the proper nuances one must bring to any serious and sensible commentary on liturgy.
I like Fr Ruff’s last two sentences. Being schooled in the 80’s and serving the Church for the past two decades, I would say that progressives have largely left behind the nonsense of the worst of the implementation era. Too bad the detractors of the reform have chosen to stay stuck complaining about clowns, tie-dye, and polyester. Or was it burlap?
That lots of readers there will be challenged and engaged: this is a good thing.