Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jesuits and the Liturgy

Monks in Choir
Jesuits don't have time for this

St. Ignatius Loyola, great saint though he is, has left a mixed legacy.  Ignatius's innovations concerning prayer, especially his dramatic de-emphasis of communal liturgical prayer in the religious order he founded, the Society of Jesus, together with Ignatius's broader change of focus away from communal liturgy and towards private devotion, created a fault line in Catholic theology and practice, the effects of which are still felt today.  These effects are likely to become more visible and pronounced during the pontificate of Francis I, the first Jesuit pope.   Fr. Ray Blake has more here.

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