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Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

Yesterday I was privileged to spend some time with my friend and fellow blogger, The Ironic Catholic. Part of our conversation centered around the so-called “New Evangelization” and how it relates to social media. I say “so-called” because in many ways the New Evangelization is the same as the old. While we ought not overlook the great opportunity to communicate …

Vatican II & Social Communication

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

The second document from the Second Vatican Council is one of the shorter ones produced by the council fathers, but for those of us who work in in the realm of new media, and even older forms of the mass media, it is critically important. In rereading this document it is clear to me that the council fathers were truly …

Vatican II & Sacred Art

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II

One of the things that was always emphasized in our seminary training with regards to the liturgy, which includes the use of sacred art, is that it should have a character of noble simplicity. The council fathers described the use of sacred art with these words, The fine arts are rightly classed among the noblest activities of man’s genius; this …

Vatican II & Sacred Music

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Sacrosanctum Concilium proves its connection to true Catholic theology in how it addresses the issue of sacred music as falling into the category of “both/and”. Here are some words that struck me from the chapter of the document on sacred music. The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it …

Liturgical Seasons

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …

The Divine Office

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Chapter Four of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy focuses on what is properly called the prayer of the Church, known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. My guess is that most people associate this prayer with the daily prayers of those who live in a monastic setting or as the private prayer …

The Latin Mass

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. Today there is still a debate within the Church as to whether this was a legitimate development of the council. There are a large …

The Council At 50: All Are Missionaries

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Gerald Kicanas comments on Vatican II’s call to mission in the Church.  Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council issued Ad Gentes Divinitus (Divinely Sent to the Nations). This “Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity” remains relevant today.  In it the Council Fathers made clear that are all “missionaries.” When most of us think of “missionaries,” we picture priests, sisters and brothers …

The Council at 50: A New Way of Working for Bishops: Consultation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Howard Hubbard reflects upon consultation as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the XIII ordinary Synod of Bishops, they can thank the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council for making the opportunity possible. The Synod of Bishops, established by Pope Paul VI prior to the conclusion …

The Council At 50: Vatican II’s Word on the Word of God

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Anthony Taylor reflects upon Dei Verbum as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. All documents are not created equal.  Of the 16 produced by the Second Vatican Council, only two got top-tier religious ranking: Dogmatic Constitution. Those two are Lumen Gentium (On the Church) and Dei Verbum (On the Word of God). In Dei Verbum (DV), the Council Fathers responded to common misunderstandings …

Full, Active and Conscious Participation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

One of the phrases heard often when speaking of the post conciliar liturgy is the call to “full, active and conscious participation”. The council fathers put it in these words, Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the …