Frederick McManus and <i>Worship</i> in the United States

Mark S. Massa

in The American Catholic Revolution

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734122
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866373 | DOI:
Frederick McManus and Worship in the United States

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This chapter argues that the most far-reaching of Vatican II’s reforms was not its redefinition of the Church as the “People of God” (the standard interpretive line among historians) but its reforms of how the Mass and sacraments would be celebrated (in English, not Latin; with the priest facing the people and not the wall, etc.). The chapter argues that it was this particular reception of Vatican II—that touching on Catholic worship—which shaped the post-Vatican battles within the Church. The chapter examines the career of the most important American interpreter of Vatican II’s reforms of the liturgy, Frederick McManus, who was the dean of the canon law school of the Catholic University of America and (more important) editor of the worship column (“Responses”) in the premier Catholic liturgical journal, Worship.

Keywords: Frederick McManus; worship; Catholic mass; Vatican II; reception of Vatican II

Chapter.  5608 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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