Prayers for the Progress of Liturgical Renewal
Institut für Liturgiewissenschaft, Universität Freiburg
Michael Fraser's WWW Page at Oxford University
RELICS (REnaissance Liturgical Imprints: a CensuS)
The official web site of the Vatican
Fraternité Saint-Vincent-Ferrier, dedicated to the Dominican Liturgy
Traditional Anglo-Papist, a blog with a unique perspective
Archives of the Liturgy
E-Mail discussion group
Note: The authors of these web sites take a range of positions regarding the reform of the Roman Catholic liturgy that began with the Second Vatican Council, which met from 1962 to 1965. The most obvious aspect of the reform was that it permitted the use of vernacular languages instead of requiring Latin, though there are many other issues involved. Some of these web sites claim to support the reforms, though they may interpret them differently from other self-identified supporters. Other web sites frankly reject them. Some web sites listed here represent the official Catholic church in some way; most do not. The Gregorian Chant Home Page is not a Catholic web site, but an academic web site designed to support study and performance of Gregorian chant. Therefore we take no position on this issue, but include links to every site that contains material likely to be of interest to students and performers of Gregorian chant. Those who are unfamiliar with the controversies may find it helpful to have the following terms explained:
1962 Missal - The last edition of the Roman Missal as it was promulgated after the Council of Trent. Some Catholic priests have special permission to use this missal instead of the post-Vatican II editions.
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) - The document issued by Vatican II that states the principles of the liturgical reform.
Missal of Paul VI - The missal incorporating the Vatican II reforms, issued in 1969, with subsequent editions in 1974 and 2003.
Novus Ordo - The "New Order" of Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Only conservatives who see a continuing role for Latin liturgy use this term.
Pastoral liturgy - Those who favor liturgical reform, particularly worship in the vernacular instead of Latin, tend to identify their ideal with this term. Their point is that it is more important to modify tradition so that ordinary people today can participate fully in the Church's worship, without having to know Latin, classical music, or any other technical subject.
Priestly Society of St. Peter - A
breakaway group from the Society of St. Pius X which reconciled with the
Sede Vacante - This term ("The See being vacant") is used for any period between the death of one pope and the election of his successor. Some Traditionalists reconcile their rejection of liturgical reforms with their belief in papal infallibility by arguing that the current pope, or all popes going back to Paul VI or John XXIII, are somehow invalid, so that the papacy is technically vacant.
Traditionalist - A term used by people who have left the Catholic church rather than accept the liturgical reforms.
Tridentine Mass or Missal - The Mass liturgy promulgated by Pope Pius V in 1570, plus its various revisions up through 1962.
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