The genius of the Roman Rite and the identity of the priest

In recent years, the notion of the genius of the Roman Rite has seen resurgence. That the Oratorian, Fr Michael Lang, and the Jesuit, Fr Keith Pecklers, have both published books called The Genius of the Roman Rite testifies to the usefulness of this turn of phrase. In the wake of such resurgence, the name of Edmund Bishop, liturgiologist and historian, has, once again, become better known and normally in the context of his illustrious essay, “The Genius of the Roman Rite.” This paper will seek to address three questions. What is to be understood by the term “genius”?...

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