Joseph Shaw

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April 05, 2018
In the 1973 film Catholics, Martin Sheen – playing a Jesuit come to bring a remote traditionalist monastery to heel – informs the abbot that Vatican IV has forbidden the Latin Mass and the Sacrament of Confession, except for mortal sins. Author Brian Moore’s dystopian vision has not come to pass, and one reason to
December 20, 2017
Ember days are a particularly ancient and rich part of the Church’s liturgical patrimony
August 31, 2017
Pope Francis’s recent address on the liturgy – about which he has hitherto said little – was striking for its conventionality. In almost every respect, the Pope’s speech hews to the official, post-Vatican II line. It emphasises the continuity of the post-conciliar reform with the efforts of Pius X and XII; it praises the reform
August 26, 2017
A parish that segregates people who had the temerity to produce children doesn’t deserve another generation of members
August 24, 2017
To many people disturbed by children making a noise during Mass, “crying rooms” must seem like an answer to prayer. The children can just go in there, and the problem is solved. Things look rather different from a parent’s perspective, however. If your noisy child goes into a crying room, with other noisy children, then
July 21, 2017
The cardinal's plan is well intentioned, but the new lectionary and calendar would be too confusing if applied to the Old Rite
May 25, 2017
Eucharisticum Mysterium, issued on May 25 1967, shows the conflict between innovation and tradition
March 15, 2017
Independent midwives in Britain were effectively banned earlier this year when their insurance was deemed inadequate
December 22, 2016
The mystery of Christmas is a central mystery of the faith, and it is one for which children have a special affinity. The secular Christmas season focuses on children, but it has always been a children’s feast, with boy bishops on St Nicholas’s Day, presents and the child in the crib. This opportunity to communicate
April 21, 2016
In 2009, the Bishops of England and Wales petitioned the Vatican’s guardians of all things to do with the Traditional Latin Mass – the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei – that those celebrating Mass in this form should be forbidden to celebrate Epiphany, Ascension and Corpus Christi on their traditional dates. The bishops had just done
July 09, 2015
Francis is confounding those who presented him as an enemy of traditionalism. The movement is actually flourishing thanks to his ‘live and let live’ attitude
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