The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


CUA Lecture: "Which Liturgy Is the Church's Liturgy"?

WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies at Catholic University's School of Theology and Religious Studies, will give a lecture addressing some of the issues surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio on the Tridentine (or Latin) Mass. (A motu proprio is a document issued by the Pope on his own initiative and personally signed by him.) Monsignor Irwin also will discuss several adjustments in liturgies celebrated by the Holy Father and possible changes in the Order of Mass, such as the dismissal rite and the point in the Mass at which the sign of peace is exchanged.

In his talk - "Which Liturgy Is the Church's Liturgy"? - Monsignor Irwin will offer historical background, a theological assessment and some pastoral applications about these liturgical adjustments in light of the ongoing reform and renewal of Catholic liturgy today.

Appointed dean of CUA's theology and religious studies school in 2005, Monsignor Irwin is the author of numerous books, book chapters and articles on worship, liturgy and the sacraments. He is also a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and a regular commentator for the media.

For more information about the lecture, call 202-319-5683.

SPONSOR: School of Theology and Religious Studies

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters should call Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.