The Liturgy: It is Right and Just

2015 Annual Conference
Held at the Sheen Center and the
Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
New York City

October 1-3, 2015

Keynote speaker: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

The Society for Catholic Liturgy will celebrate its twentieth anniversary with a conference exploring how the Church’s sacred worship is dignum et iustum, right and just.

Questions arising from this topic may include but are not limited to:

A.        Translation:

  • What is the history of the phrase dignum et iustum in the Western liturgical tradition?
  • What are the principles of sound liturgical translation?
  • Issues surrounding the 2011 translation of the Roman Missal
  • Issues surrounding the translation of the Lectionary
  • Issues surrounding the translation of the Liturgy of the Hours


B.        The Rightness and Justice of Sacred Liturgy:

  • What does it mean to say that giving thanks to the Lord is “right” and “just”?
  • Liturgy and morality are usually treated as unrelated subjects. How is liturgical worship “just”?
  • How does one “do justice” to God with sacred art, sacred music, or sacred architecture?
  • Dignum means “meet” or “right,” but it also means “appropriate, suitable, worthy.”
  • What is “appropriate” worship, or what is worship that is worthy of God?
  • What is “appropriate” in sacred art, sacred music, or sacred architecture?


Other proposals will be considered, but primary consideration will be given to proposals that are related to the conference’s theme.

Submissions: Paper proposals of approximately 250 words should be emailed to or mailed to Mr. Christopher Carstens, Board Secretary – Society of Catholic Liturgy, Diocese of La Crosse, PO Box 4004, La Crosse, WI  54602-4004. Proposals must be received by June 30, 2015.

Presentations will be 45 minutes in length, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Papers presented will be considered for publication in Antiphon. Presenters must register for the conference and will be responsible for their own expenses.


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