- Sep 20, 2020
A new generation of pastors, teaming with skilled and informed architects and designers, are doing their best to restore historic church buildings and renovate modern church buildings — introducing into them elements of traditional Catholic architecture.
When Pope Francis travels to the small Italian town of Bozzolo on June to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, the renowned “pastor of Bozzolo,” he’ll be exercising his primacy not over the present so much as the past — specifically, his ability to decide which Catholic figures of the past are celebrated, and, when necessary, rehabilitated.
Father Robert Imbelli wonders whether the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, after fifty years of checkered reception, has resulted in a new Pentecost or a new Babel. He ponders whether the idea and practice of sacramental Catholicism has been discarded by some to the detriment of many.
“Musicians and composers, conductors and singers of choirs, liturgical animators, can make a major contribution to the renewal, especially quality, of sacred music and liturgical chant,” Pope Francis told participants of an international conference on Sacred Music held March 2-4.
At the Pontifical Gregorian University presentation of the Italian edition of the seventh book in a series of Joseph Ratzinger’s complete works, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller discussed the key differences between theology and ideology.
Some fans of Pope Francis seem anxious that his legacy might be “rolled back” when he’s gone, but here’s the thing: Catholicism isn’t a zero/sum tradition, in which veering in one direction for a while means repealing what came before.