Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

STA altar at night smallComing up: the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). At over 54,000 words, it will be one of the longest documents this site has tackled.

A number of my colleagues in liturgy have rather ignored the DPPL. It was a product of the Cardinal Medina administration at CDWDS, but I think it gets a somewhat unjustified bad rap.

Like it or not, liturgy and devotions have a significant overlap in Catholic spirituality. And if some of us liturgists might get a little nervous about excesses, or those of us who find more comfort with reason rather than affect, maybe that’s our problem. And not so much the Church’s.

And I think we will find some interesting insights into the shift from post-conciliar liturgy into retrenchment. DPPL wasn’t the first word nor was it the last. But it is a chapter in our recent history.

When I will start preparing posts, that’s a good question. I’ll leave this thread as the starter for a few days. Some of you may have some insights if you’ve personally read the document. Maybe you’d like to get a head start on the crowd.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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