Every so often, my energy for writing here returns. I was looking over the archives and the lists of liturgy documents summed up and yet to be considered. It’s been some time since I’ve had a Church treatise on worship to plow through bit by bit. In no particular order, here are a few I seem to have missed:
- Sacramentum Caritatis, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. I found a brief spot here mentioning I’d seen it and that some conservatives were dismayed it did not clear the decks of liturgical dreck.
- Spiritus et Sponsa, 2003 by Pope John Paul II is a brief treatise on the 40th anniversary of Vatican II’s liturgy constitution.
- I had forgotten about this 2002 motu proprio Misericordia Dei from the same John Paul II on the sacrament of Penance. Most of it is non-liturgical.
Liturgy seems to have faded a bit in being a church flashpoint. I strain to recall why I even got started looking at documents here. Maybe it was my own review after two decades out of academia. It seems like a lot of effort to debunk the notion that only conservative Catholics had the finger on the pulse of Church teaching and intent. Most all of my traditional-leaning friends have long left browsing here. Except for Liam, most everybody else is coming here to plan a wedding or a funeral. And those, in diminishing numbers as the great google steers them elsewhere.
I’ve been tempted to look at a sequence of related documents: Populorum Progressio then Pope John Paul II’s twentieth anniversary follow up, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis. The post-conciliar trilogy on social concerns concludes with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 with Caritas in Veritate.