Title: The Heresy of Formlessness: Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Ignatius Press September 2006
1586171275 / 9781586171278
Seller ID: 57344
'I am not a theologian,' Martin Mosebach reminds his readers again and again. 'As a storyteller, I am infinitely more fascinated by what I see than by ideas, however profound.' In these elegant essays, he makes a passionate plea for the Roman Catholic Church to return to its great liturgical traditions-not per intellectual argument (although he is a deep, insightful thinker), but by inviting us to see what he sees. Born in Germany in 1951, Mosebach grew up before Vatican II, observing the Latin rite as a disinterested altar boy. Only after drifting away and then returning to church in adulthood did he realize how deeply the older forms had impressed themselves upon him and how much beauty and reverence had been swept away by reform. 'People of aesthetic sensibility, much scorned and suspect, are recipients of a terrible gift: they can infallibly discern the inner truth of what they see, of some process, of some idea, on the basis of its external form.' Reminiscent of Philip Sherrard in The Sacred in Life and Art, Mosebach applies his 'terrible gift' keenly as he examines subjects ranging from religious art, architecture, and modern hymns vs. Gregorian chant to the reverential acts of kneeling, standing, and walking. Accounts of his visit to Fontgombault Monastery and a chapter from a novel appear as well. Mosebach's voice resonates deeply with all who cherish that inseparable bond between the sacred and the beautiful. 210 pp.