• On Mass facing East or the people, both camps are right

    On Mass facing East or the people, both camps are right

    • Jul 14, 2016

    In the wake of recent comments by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s chief liturgy official, a debate has broken out over whether celebrating Mass ad orientem, facing East, or facing the people is the right posture. Ironically enough, Father Dwight Longenecker says, both sides turn out to be correct.

  • Cardinal’s call for eastward stance at Mass stirs debate

    Cardinal’s call for eastward stance at Mass stirs debate

    • Jul 6, 2016

    Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican’s top liturgical official, insists God is the center of worship rather than “people, personalities and human achievements,” which he claims have become too prominent in recent decades– and that’s why he wants the ad orientem posture, facing East, brought back to the Mass.

  • Catholics were multicultural before multicultural was cool

    Catholics were multicultural before multicultural was cool

    • Jul 3, 2016

    Perhaps the Catholic Church hasn’t always lived up to this aspect of her mission, but it’s worth remembering, in an era in which Catholicism is sometimes accused of resisting multiculturalism, that it was actually the world’s original multicultural body.