Topics on Tradition
Publication Date: March 27, 2013
This book an anthology of some of the best columns that Fr. Ripperger ever wrote for The Latin Mass Magazine on many different topics involving Catholic tradition as it relates to current issues in our modern world. Some of the topics include:
As each new pope is elected after Vatican II, there arise questions in all part of the Church about his theological stance on this or that, his liturgical views on the Ancient Rite of Mass, his pastoral views, how he will address other religions as well as a variety of other topics. It is hard to imagine that in the past such questions would have been asked about an incoming pope. Each pope is a different man, but what kept them within a certain range of predictability was the Sacred Tradition. What happened? How did the Church get to this state? Fr. Ripperger weighs in on these questions in this wonderful anthology.
What do we mean by Tradition? What are its origins and its relation to the Magisterium, past and present? How have Modernist philosophies played off against it? In the light of Tradition, how can the Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo be evaluated? This book is full of substantive history and analysis and is deeply imprinted with the scholastic mind of its author. It has hundreds of footnotes and a substantive bibliography. It is clearly expressed for the most part, though it is much in need of a good copy editor. This is not an emotional comfort book. If you consider yourself a JPII Catholic, as I do/did, you may be challenged to “open wide the doors to Christ” in a new way. He may, in fact, be standing in the vestibule of the Latin Mass, much to your surprise.
This book is answering questions I’ve had. Why so many stopped going to Mass. Clearly stated problems and impact on the faithful. Great book.