The New Liturgical Movement After Benedict XVI

The April 2005 election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the Throne of Peter gave significant impetus to the “new liturgical movement” for which he had called some years earlier and which he had already done much personally to promote. His example, teaching and acts of governance as pope gave the movement further momentum.

The unexpected resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013 and the election of a new pope with a seemingly different approach to the Sacred Liturgy raised questions, including whether the initiatives of Benedict XVI are now to be set aside and replaced with what are presumed to be the liturgical principles behind the style of the current pope. In some circles anxiety has arisen that genuine progress made in recent years will now be lost. In others these events are regarded as a welcome opportunity to relegate ‘Benedict XVI-style liturgy’ and return to liturgical practices widespread in the 1960’s–1990’s.

This paper recalls pertinent aspects of Catholic belief about the papal office, including its limitations, and reflects on its liturgical impact in the contemporary world, particularly in the light of the reality of instantaneous media.  The paper revisits the foundations of the new liturgical movement and reflects on the nature of the liturgical reform of Benedict XVI with reference to the principles of the 20th century liturgical movement and of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.

The full paper is available for download here

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s pocket-size daily Advent and Christmas reflections book, we are delighted to announce that the Diocese of Wollongong is now taking orders forBehold – Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2013.

Advent is such a busy time of year, but it is so important that we spiritually prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Behold contains short daily reflections from the beginning of Advent (1 December 2013) through to the Epiphany (5 January 2014) primarily for personal use. Each day contains a one-page reflection with two pages for Sundays and major feast days.

The daily reflections have been written by four religious orders that also run retreat centres in the Diocese of Wollongong. The aim is to provide reflections that are both theologically and spiritually rich (from the spiritual perspective of the religious order writing each reflection), yet accessible to the average reader. It also contains details about upcoming retreats at each of the retreat centres as a next step for readers who would like to go even deeper after the program has finished.

Download a SAMPLE here.

More information and an order form are available from the the Diocese of Wollongong website here

Father Bellafiore

Father Michael Bellafiore SJ lectures theology at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor of science degree in literature from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. a master of fine arts degree in playwriting from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, Ill.

“Ten Ways to Revitalise the Church” recently was published in the Washington Post where Father Bellafiore has a regular column.

You can read the article here.

‘A little Catechism on the PERSONAL ORDINARIATES for former Anglicans’.This small booklet prepared by Bp Peter Elliott is a question and answer guide to what ordinariates are, their purpose and who is eligible for membership. This booklet contains the text of Anglicanorum Coetibus. 


Available from the Ordinariate Office $10 incl postage.
When in 1993 Aidan Nichols revived the long-dormant idea of an Anglican Uniate Church, united with the See of Peter but not absorbed, the reaction of many was incredulity. The ideal of modern Ecumenism was, surely, the corporate reunification of entire Communions. This he roundly declared to be unrealistic, for the Protestant and Liberal elements in Anglican history (and Anglicanism’s present reality) could never be digested by Roman stomachs. What was feasible was, rather, the reconciliation of a select body Catholic enough to be united, and Anglican enough not to be absorbed. Just over a dozen years later Pope Benedict XVI, responding to the petitions of various Anglican bishops, promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Apostolorum coetibus and the deed was done. The three ‘Ordinariates’ now established for ‘Catholics of the Anglican Patrimony’ in Britain, Australia and North America have been described as the first tangible fruit of Catholic Ecumenism. In this short book Nichols reflects on the historical, theological, and liturgical issues involved. He also shows the congruence of the new development with Benedict’s wider thinking, and outlines a specific missionary vocation for reconciled Anglicans in England.


Catholics of the Anglican Patrimony is available from the Book Depository.

Lumen Fidei categorically states that faith illuminating life means Christ affecting our life and our convictions. Indeed a christification of our life and commitments, convictions and values are called for. It is in this sense, “Faith in Christ brings salvation because in him our lives become radically open to a love that precedes us, a love that transforms us from within, acting in us and through us.” (Cf. Chapter 1, no. 20.) The encyclical is clear: What is communicated in the Church, what is handed down in her living Tradition, is the new light born of an encounter with the true God, a light which touches us at the core of our being and engages our minds, wills and emotions, opening us to relationships lived in communion.   A copy of the Encyclical is available here.