Appraising and Appreciating Benedict XVI on Liturgy

January 28, 2014

Recently Giles Dimock, O.P., published an article in Sacred Architecture that looks back upon the personal life and magisterium of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, analyzing his thought on liturgy, music, architecture, and beauty. The article, entitled “The Liturgy in the Thought of Benedict XVI: Appraisal and Appreciation,” is available here. In it, Fr. Giles examines the various personal and theological sources that shaped Benedict’s vision of the way man prays through beauty, as well as analyzing the perennial contributions that Benedict made to the Church’s still-active conversation about the role of art in directing men’s minds toward the sacrifice of the Lord. Fr. Giles studied liturgy at Notre Dame University and Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, earning additional theological degrees from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and the Angelicum in Rome. He has taught especially in the field of liturgical theology at various institutions and has written extensively on the subject. He is currently assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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