Time to check our roadmap. The DPPL is divided into two parts. History (DPPL 22-59), the magisterium (60-75), and theology (76-92) are addressed in part one (22-92). Those three chapters will occupy our attention on this blog for the next two months.
Chapter One will look at history (22-46) before assessing the present state of affairs in Roman Catholicism (47-59).
The history lesson is outlined in the document as follows:
- Christian Antiquity (23-27)
- The Middle Ages (28-33)
- The Modern Period (34-43)
- The Contemporary Period (44-46)
Whew! Makes me want to stop for a rest just looking over all that. But the curia is right: we need to take time with how the spiritual life of the laity has developed through the liturgy and popular piety to be able to bring our best assessment to the current Church:
22. The relationship between Liturgy and popular piety is ancient. It is therefore necessary to begin by surveying, even rapidly, how this relationship has been experienced down through the centuries, since it will often help to resolve contemporary difficulties.
The full document, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, is online at the Vatican site.