Society for Catholic Liturgy

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Founded in 1995, the Society of Catholic Liturgy is an association of scholars, teachers, pastors, architects, musicians and other professionals interested in the scholarly study and practical renewal of the liturgy. Their annual meeting was held at the Omaha Cathedral, January 29-February 1, on the subject Missale Romanum. Papers were presented on the history, analysis, interpretation, and pastoral application of the principal book for Mass. A keynote address was given by Msgr. Bruce Harbert, Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, on the topic "Opening the Roman Missal." He showed a copy of the new Missale Romanum 2002, and asked "Is it a missal? Is it Roman?" His nuanced answer was "Not quite." Since it does not contain the lessons for Mass, among other things, it is not a missal in the historic sense of a book that contains the texts for everything done, but rather more like a sacramentary. Since the Latin collects have been expanded to include many from non-Roman sources, its texts are not as Roman as had been the case with the traditional missal. …