The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


What Is the Nature of a Church Building? 2 of 3

The word “nature” is a flashing light in ecclesiastical documents, so it is significant when the Church spells out “The Nature and Dignity of Churches.” [Read More...]

Restore the Liturgy; Start With the Building (1 of 3)

Catholic churches and the faithful who use them have been the collateral damage in recent architectural and theological debates. [Read More...]

Mass of St. Gregory the Great: Snapshot of a Mystery

Celebrating a solemn pontifical Mass, Gregory is assisted by a candle-holding deacon and subdeacon who raise his chasuble as he elevates the chalice. [Read More...]

Liturgy: What Did Vatican II Say About Music and Dance?

By definition, inculturation requires innovation, and Vatican II called for inculturation. A 25-year-old document spelled out the limits. [Read More...]

Heaven and Earth at Knoxville’s Sacred Heart Cathedral

The construction of the $31 million edifice marks a singular high point in the recent revitalization of Catholic visual and liturgical culture. [Read More...]

Everything You Need to Know About Mass

Denis McNamara explains that Mass is no passive experience, but an entry into the incarnation, passion and death of Jesus. [Read More...]

Pope Pius XII and Vatican II: The Mystical Body vs. the ‘People of God’

In the encyclicals of Pius XII, the phrase ‘active participation’ takes on layers of nuance frequently forgotten after the Council. [Read More...]

Mighty St. George by Living Master Leonard Porter

For his April 23 feast day, contemplate the converted Roman soldier and great martyr through a 2011 painting. [Read More...]