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Lex Loquendi, Lex Orandi: Pickstock, Aquinas, and the Reform of the Roman Offertoria
by Belleza, Jose Isidro, M.A., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2019, 194; 27540541
Abstract (Summary)

This investigation examines the importation of modern and secular assumptions into the reform of the Roman liturgy after the Second Vatican Council. By synthesizing Catherine Pickstock's theory of liturgical language and the Thomist treatment of prayer, this thesis proposes that liturgical prayer properly speaking "occurs" in the imperative and subjunctive moods, while explicit recourse to the indicative mood in prayer implies a tendency toward a purely immanent rationality that is sealed off from the transcendent dynamism of true doxology. Through a comparison of the pre-conciliar Roman Offertory and the Preparation of the Gifts in the Missal of Paul VI, we see how the drastic shifts in both syntax and verbal mood enacted by the liturgical reforms evince the intrusion of univocal, secular, and non-doxological forms of rationality into the liturgical practice of the Roman Catholic Church. Finally, the integrating ethos of Thomas Aquinas is suggested as a theoretical basis for a fundamental liturgical theology that outflanks the reductive tendencies of contemporary Catholic liturgical reflection.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kromholtz, Bryan
Commitee: Ramelow, Anselm, Gable, Justin
School: Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Department: Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy
Keywords: Aquinas, Catholic, Liturgical Reform, Radical Orthodoxy, Roman Rite, Thomism
Publication Number: 27540541
ISBN: 9781687981387
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