In July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI made one of the Church’s treasures—a liturgical form observed by Roman Catholics for centuries—available to anyone who desired it. His purpose: to show the faithful that that the sacred traditions of the Church have never lost their ability to speak to people of all times and places. Here’s a helpful primer on the Old Mass.
Part One of our series on liturgical music looked at why contemporary Church music is unsingable. As it turns out, strained melodies are just one part of the problem: Many of these songs are spiritually and theologically unsound, celebrating the self instead of praising God.
Recent years have seen a marked increase in accusations of collaboration between the Catholic Church and the Third Reich. As is often the case, the reality is more complicated than detractors suggest. The regrettable actions of some Catholics cannot alter the fact that thousands of others resisted the Reich and risked their lives to save Jews.Thousands more—priests, religious, and laity of all ages—were slaughtered by the Nazis.
Creation or evolution? The longstanding debate heats up as more people subscribe to intelligent design theory. Many Christians, anxious to counter Darwinism with a seemingly scientific approach to divine intervention, have embraced ID. But is the theory compatible with Catholic intellectual and philosophical tradition? The writings of Thomas Aquinas suggest caution.
"The [secular] sense of right and wrong is so delicate, so fitful, so easily puzzled, obscured, perverted, so subtle in its argumentative methods, so impressionable by education, so biased by pride and passion, so unsteady in its course, that in the struggle for existence amid the various exercises and triumphs of the human intellect, the sense is at once the highest of all teachers yet the least luminous."