Roman Catholics: Modernizing the Mass

Millions of Americans got their first bemused look at a Roman Catholic Mass by watching television coverage of John Kennedy's funeral, and even with the scholarly help of a priestly commentator it was for many a puzzling ritual. There, on TV, Boston's Richard Cardinal Gushing stood dressed in odd black garments, droning Latin phrases toward the east" wall of the cathedral, striding from one side of the altar to the other as he ceremonially poured wine into a chalice or read from a black-bound missal. Much of the mystery will soon be modified. Last week Pope Paul VI formally...

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