From Publishers Weekly
It seems as though the Catholic Church is going through a retro phase. Pope Benedict XVI recently declared that the Latin Mass, which has seen limited use since the late 1960s, can now be celebrated by priests and laity all over the world. Woods, author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
, has no doubt that this is a good idea. He may be in a minority camp in his church, but it is a vocal and passionate minority that desires to be heard. The author presents a hybrid of history, apologetics and theology in an effort to explore the mystery and beauty of the Latin Mass and answer what he views as misconceptions about this form of liturgy. However, his attempt at describing in ordinary words the various facets of this extraordinary form of liturgy falls flat. He does make an excellent point that contemporary liturgy can be too wordy, while the more traditional mass, with its generous use of silence, offers us the opportunity to focus our hearts and prayers on the action taking place at the altar, and to unite ourselves fervently to that action. Those interested in the evolution of liturgy will gain some insights from Woods's reflections. (Feb.)
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An excellent introduction to the traditional Latin Mass for Priests and lay persons who want to know more about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass which is now an official part of the liturgy of the Catholic Church....It is obvious from what Woods says and quotes that the old Mass has made a dramatic comeback in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church and is the wave of the future. --Fr. Kenneth Baker, SJ, Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review
Summorum Pontificum releases the curtains on four decades of liturgical farce and revives a tradition vital to the Church's recovery. In this clear book, Thomas Woods captures the momentousness of Pope Benedict XVI's simple act of courage and common sense. --George Neumayr, Editor, Catholic World Report
A compact and informative guide to the history, structure, and practice of the Old Mass (with a particularly helpful section at the end that tackles common objections). Easy to read, every CAtholic would benefit from this book. --Brian Saint-Paul, Editor, Inside Catholic.com (formerly Crisis Magazine)