Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Liturgia E Societa Nel Novecento. Percorsi del Movimento Liturgico Di Fronte AI Processi Di Secolarizzazione

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Liturgia E Societa Nel Novecento. Percorsi del Movimento Liturgico Di Fronte AI Processi Di Secolarizzazione

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Liturgia e societa nel Novecento. Percorsi del movimento liturgico di fronte ai processi di secolarizzazione. By Maria Paiano. [Biblioteca di Storia Sociale, 28.] (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura. 2000. Pp. 314. Lire 68.000.)

This comprehensive and insightful work fills a long-standing void in studies of the liturgical movement of the twentieth century. Paiano's thesis is that the reform of the liturgy after Vatican Council II can only be fully appreciated when set against the concern of church leaders and theologians beginning at the end of the last century to revitalize the Church and in the process to "use" the liturgy as a powerful force against defects in society at large, in particular "secularization: The author helpfully summarizes the breadth of the thought of numerous (mostly European) authors from their original languages.

The book complements Paiano's doctoral thesis on the history of the redactions of the Liturgy Constitution of Vatican II from the University of Bologna (1995) and articles in journals such as Cristianesimo nella storia and Studi Storici. The book's four chapters deal with liturgy and the re-establishment of Christianity in society at the beginning of the twentieth century (one), debates about the liturgy's role in civil society between the world wars (two), the emphasis on the missionary dimension of the liturgy after World War II (three), and ways of interpreting the Vatican II reform in light of schools of thought within the "liturgical movement" and preconciliar debates about its contents (four). (This last chapter should be studied along with the articles by M. Lamberights and R. Kaczynski on the Liturgy Constitution in Volumes 2 and 3 of the History of Vatican If edited by G. Alberigo and J. Komonchak for necessary and important insight about the Vatican II liturgical reform.)

Historians of the modern liturgy will benefit from the author's judicious weaving of historical and cultural themes with the pre-eminent theological bases supporting the reform, They will also benefit from her distinguishing among currents (e. …

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