It's published ... but why is it so important?
Peter Kwasniewski's The Once and Future Roman Rite is hot off the 'Tan' presses. May I concisely run through why this is such an important book.
Fashions change in all fields of thought. And, since the 1960s, lots of changes have happened in Liturgy.
But Liturgy, for the believer and her husband, is more important than practically everything else. Extremely important. Because it goes right to the heart of our lives as Christians.
And the changes made in the last half-century have not been gentle and slight. They have been massive and radical and ... yes, diabolical in origin. They have been accompanied by violent campaigns of disinformation ... a lot of it concerned with what the Vatican Council did or didn't say, did or didn't command or forbid.
And this new and splendid book gathers up masses of the academic work done since the 1970s.
Now ... here's a weird thing. A very large percentage of this fine academic work has been done by laypeople, men and women. There is a very good reason for this ... the current F-word:
Priests and ordained theologians can be bullied into silence. There are, believe me, some very nasty (and dishonest) people out there.
That is why it has been left to laypeople to work out, and to publish, the Truth.
Please believe me ... you need to force the publishers to run off thousands of copies of Kwasniewski.