Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB

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July 25, 2022
Good ecclesiastical governance takes time, writes Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB FOUR APOSTOLIC LETTERS have already appeared this year; in 2021 there were eight, in 2020 five, and in 2019 another eight. In a pontificate now into its tenth year, Pope Francis has issued a total of 49; Benedict XVI issued 13 in eight years, and
June 30, 2022
Are the modern rites really what Vatican II intended, asks Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB
June 13, 2022
If faith, as the nuns said, was the substance of things hoped for, then lace was the outline—the suggestion—of things not seen. —Iris Anthony, The Ruins of Lace (2012) From time to time it seems as though Pope Francis can’t resist the urge to tell priests off in his speeches; he’s not afraid to employ mockery and sarcasm,
February 19, 2021
Our liturgical recognition of the Coptic Martyrs," argues Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB, "would offer an icon to the world of the heavenly communion that all who have died for Christ now share in Him."
January 17, 2021
Pope Francis has refocused the ecumenical initiative away from the formal, institutional unity being laboriously investigated by theologians, to an informal, grassroots, and immediate unity in the martyr-blood of ordinary Christians.
April 04, 2019
After several decades of liturgy wars, few are unaware of the turbulent history of the post-conciliar liturgy since the New Order of Mass (Novus Ordo Missae) was promulgated 50 years ago, on April 3, 1969, by Pope Paul VI with his apostolic constitution, Missale Romanum. The Novus Ordo was produced in a mere five dizzying
October 25, 2018
The Shattering of Loneliness: On Christian Remembrance by Erik Varden OCSO, Bloomsbury, 192pp £10.99 The Cistercian community of Mount St Bernard in Leicestershire has reinvented itself both by taking bold new steps and re-embracing its traditions. Electing the young Dom Erik Varden as abbot in 2015, the English Trappists also decided to close the dairy
June 22, 2017
Prayer in the Catholic Tradition edited by Robert J Wicks, Franciscan Media , £31 The latter half of the 20th century saw the ascendancy of buzzwords, handmaidens of fads and fashions. Sometimes perfectly good old words were co-opted for new ends. One such word is “spirituality”, which was often employed as a safe word by
October 06, 2016
The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy Edited by Alcuin Reid, T&T Clark, £130 The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy has been launched into the rather choppy waters of contemporary liturgical studies. It comprises 22 articles of generous length by an international assembly of scholars, and offers a comprehensive overview of current liturgical issues. Reid’s introduction
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