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    The Liturgy As Sacrifice: An Examination of Pope Benedict XVI

    Because “the Church believes as she prays” (i.e. lex orandi, lex credendi), it is of utmost importance that the underlying theology of her prayers truly reflects her beliefs.  Pope Benedict XVI has, therefore, written extensively to ensure that the Church’s prayers are built on a strong theological foundation.

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    Liturgical Theology Part II

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   ORTHODOXY LEADS TO ORTHOPRAXIS According to Pope Benedict XVI, “theories, in the area of Liturgy, are transformed very rapidly into practice, and practice, in turn, creates…ways of behaving and thinking.”  The last portion of this paper will give several examples of the practices that logically flow from the various elements of Benedict’s liturgical theology.  First, and perhaps most obviously, kneeling during certain parts of the liturgy fits well with its being an act of corporate prayer and worship.[1]  Benedict points out that this is not only fitting for the liturgy but is also biblical.  He points to Stephen (Acts 7:60), Peter (Acts 9:40), Paul…

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    Liturgical Theology Part I

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   INTRODUCTION In October of 1962, Father Joseph Ratzinger, a 35 year-old priest and professor from Bonn, Germany, was brought to Rome to serve as a peritus (i.e. scholarly expert) for the recently convened Second Vatican Council.[1]  As their first order of business, the Council tackled the issue of liturgical reform and produced its first document, Sacrosanctum Concilium (i.e. “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy”), on December 4, 1963.[2]  Ratzinger, as part of the Council’s progressive wing, whole-heartedly embraced the liturgical reforms called for by the Constitution.[3]  Looking back some 35 years later, he was still able to conclude that “the Constitution on the Liturgy, which…