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Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass


At the crest of volatile years of experimentation, a new rite of Mass was introduced in 1969 — no mere cosmetic treatment but a radical reconstruction of the Church’s central act of worship. A minority of the faithful continued to hold fast to the traditional rite, which John Paul II and Benedict XVI gradually freed from restrictions. The steady growth of this “traditionalist” movement inevitably prompts questions in the minds of more and more people. What is it that Catholic laity, clergy, and religious are discovering and falling in love with? Could you—should you—be among them?

In this engaging book, Peter Kwasniewski draws on decades of experience and, presuming no specialized knowledge, explains why the traditional Mass operates the way it does, what its distinctive features and benefits are, and how it still captures hearts with a beauty deeply rooted and perennially green. Every reader—whether already a lover of the traditional Mass or a complete newbie, whether committed or curious, perplexed or skeptical, sitting on the fence or bouncing back and forth between old and new—will find life-changing insights in these pages.

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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: An Awakening in Souls 1

Taste and See: Ten Reasons to Attend the Mass of Ages 9
The Genius of Christianity’s Oldest Rite 25
A New (Old) Perspective on Active Participation 55
Why Congregations Dwindle 77
The Mass that Demands More, Delivers More 87
The Dire Need for a “New Habit of Mind” 95
Man Does Not Live by Bread Alone 103

Twelve Reasons Not to Prefer the Novus Ordo 113
Responding to Common Anti-TLM Arguments 131
The Problem of False Antiquarianism 149
The Gift of Liturgical Tradition 161
Can We Love Tradition Too Much? 181
The Charge of Aestheticism 193
Understanding Tridentinophobia 205
The Failure of Todaying 213
Should We “Move Past” the Liturgy Debates? 223

Children Change Everything 235
What Children Learn from the Traditional Mass 245
Good and Bad Liturgical Parenting 255
Helping Children Enter Into the Mass 267
Sorting Out Difficulties in Liturgical Allegiance 281
Pro-Life, Pro-Liturgy, Pro-Tradition 289
Is the Church Crisis Driving the Faithful to the TLM? 297
Rebuilding on the Ruins of the Conciliar Experiment 303
Conclusion: For a Darkening Church, the Light Is Tradition 311
Glossary 319
Select Bibliography 339
Indices 347

Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: May 23, 2020
Copyright Date:
Physical Info: 0.86″ H x 9.02″ L x 5.98″ W (1.25 lbs) 388 pages
ISBN-13: 1621385353
BISAC: Religion | Christian Rituals & Practice | Worship & Liturgy

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Weight 1.25 oz
Dimensions 9.02 × 5.88 × .86 in

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Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass