Andrea Grillo’s Beyond Pius V: Conflicting Interpretations of the Liturgical Reform was published in December. It is a book by a gifted Italian liturgical theologian that I translated into English. (It quickly earned some high praise from Professor Paul Ford, liturgical theologian and composer, here.) An interesting conversation about the book and its main ideas has been developing on the blogosphere.
First, on January 21, Alcuin Reid, OSB, posted a critical review of the book at the New Liturgical Movement blog, which has a strongly traditionalist character to it. The criticism is not surpising, as Grillo’s book takes on some aspects of liturgy that the NLM crowd have been enthusiastic about in recent years, including the broad permission given by Pope Benedict XVI for use of the 1962 (pre-Vatican II) Mass. It’s also true, though, that he strongly supports other ideas that the NLM crowd have a deep appreciation for, like the original intentions of the liturgical movement, of the 1940s and 50s, retaining a central importance.
Next, on January 29, Professor Grillo responded to Reid’s review on his blog (in Italian). I prepared an English translation of that response for the Pray Tell blog, which was posted there two days later. It was a tad contentious — well, maybe more than a tad — but worth reading.
Then on February 1, Reid responded to Grillo’s response, again at the New Liturgical Movement blog. That’s here.
For anyone interested in liturgy and the liturgical movement (yesterday and today), it’s a conversation worth following!