Why does the liturgy generate such conflict?

In the third article in his series on the Second Vatican Council’s liturgical reforms, Timothy O’Malley pushes pause on detailing the reforms of the council and instead responds to the latest clash among Catholics in the liturgy wars. O’Malley answers a question

The questions we need to be asking about the Mass

Assistant editor Ava Lalor reflects on her deep love for sacred music and how it helps her better enter into the Mass. While she prefers attending Mass in the “ordinary” form — the Novus Ordo — she does appreciate how music is

Why do Catholics pray to the saints?

A reader asks: “Protestants often criticize Catholics for praying to Mary and the saints. They say this is a violation of the First Commandment. Or, to look at the question from another perspective: If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, why not pray