Living memories: On DVD, council fathers share impact of Vatican II

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A pivotal moment in the modern history of the Catholic Church came to life on screen with a new documentary about the Second Vatican Council. With archival footage and exclusive interviews with prelates who attended the council sessions between its opening in 1962 and closing in 1965, the film pieces together…

Singing neglected parts of Mass can enrich our prayer

Adding Scripture-based chant to the liturgy isn’t an attempt to ‘turn back the clock,’ but rather an effort to enjoy the richness of a valuable form of art Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Kyle Eller In November, the Scottish Catholic composer James MacMillan an- nounced that he intends to stop writ- ing congregational music for…

Gifts from other cultures can enrich our traditions

Q. In your June column you wrote about some of your ideas about liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II.” I would particularly like to hear your thoughts on being “open to cultural adaptation.” A. It’s important — and not just in places like Africa or Asia, but right here in the United States. The…