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By Darrick Taylor, Crisis Magazine, June 25, 2024

Darrick Taylor earned his PhD in History from the University of Kansas. He lives in Central Florida and teaches at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. He also produces a podcast, Controversies in Church History, dealing with controversial episodes in the history of the Catholic Church.

One reason Catholics often treat any criticism of the Vatican as verboten arises from an awareness of how much the Church’s authority depends in practice upon public opinion, in a way it did not previously.

Darrick TaylorIn 1755, the papacy undertook to reform the liturgy of the Byzantine Rite for Byzantine Christians in communion with Rome. But when they did so, a critic made a startling accusation against the Vatican officials responsible for such efforts.

He noted that “the popes with timely wisdom have had new editions of the missals of the Copts, Maronites, Illyrians, etc., published by the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith after a careful examination of each of them,” performed by “Cardinals, Prelates, theologians, and men trained in the languages of the east.” But he went on to say that, regarding the Byzantine liturgy, …

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