"To our great surprise and joy we find it again"
By Robert Moynihan, reporting from Rome
"Even the Church's enemies recognized that her strength lay in her untimeliness -- that is, not that she was old-fashioned, but that she and her liturgy were not completely identified with any particular period or culture; she always had one foot outside time in every period of history."—Martin Mosebach, a leading German Catholic writer, reflecting on the Church's liturgy in a conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in September
Magister has just written a column where he discusses Ranjith's liturgy conference. (Here is a link to the column:http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1345143?eng=y)Magister's report mentions, Martin Mosebach, a prize-winning German writer -- some claim he is the finest German writer of this generation. (I had a dinner with Mosebach some years ago in Frankfurt.)
"In order to offer more insight to his priests during the three days of study," Magister wrote, "Archbishop Ranjith brought in from Germany a Catholic writer of the first rank, Martin Mosebach, the author of a book that has raised a great deal of discussion: The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (now out in English from Ignatius Press). And he asked him to speak precisely on the Church's disarray in the liturgical field."
The text of Mosebach's talk is long -- perhaps too long for many of you to get through comfortably.