Liturgists and the Laity

Andrew Greeley and Paul Wink

in The Catholic Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238176
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938779 | DOI:
Liturgists and the Laity

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Liturgists find their intolerance a virtue, their unveiling of other liturgical ignorance as educational, their politics as righteous, their disdain as caring, and their failures as successes. It is indicative of the problems of liturgy and liturgists that there has never been a national survey of the impact on the laity and the reaction of the laity to liturgical reform. Liturgists are an arrogant and authoritarian sect within the Church. The stories, the images, and the metaphors are the glue that holds Catholic Christianity together at this time of revolutionary change. The liturgy in all its manifestations is an essential component of this glue; it is, to switch metaphors, astounding that the wineskin did not burst. The Congregation of the Liturgy in Rome has argued that the reform of Paul VI is unacceptable because the Enlightenment so heavily influenced it. Both the Congregation and the ideological liturgists are going after the last remaining wineskin—Catholic imagination.

Keywords: liturgists; laity; catholic Christianity; Congregation of the Liturgy; reform; catholic imagination

Chapter.  3252 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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