The Once and Future Roman Rite: Returning to the Traditional Latin Liturgy after Seventy Years of Exile

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In his latest book, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski argues that, ever since the new liturgical books following the Second Vatican Council came into force, Roman Catholic faithful have suffered the effects of a hasty and far-reaching reform permeated with nominalism, voluntarism, Protestantism, rationalism, antiquarianism, hyperpapalism, and other modern errors. Man is not master over divine liturgy, Dr. Kwasniewski emphasizes; rather, all of us are called to be stewards of the sacred, from the lowest-ranking layman to the pope himself.

Dr. Kwasniewski shows that sacred Tradition is the guiding principle for all authentic Christian liturgy, which originates from Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit throughout the life of the Church. His principal thesis in this work is that the prominent identifying traits of the classical Roman Rite—and indeed of all traditional rites, Eastern and Western—are absent from the Novus Ordo, estranging it from their company and making it impossible to call it “the Roman Rite.”

To respond to this crisis of rupture, Dr. Kwasniewski calls for a full return to the traditional rite, the Roman Rite in its robust, perennial richness, for which no special permission is or could ever be needed—as exposited by Pope Benedict XVI.

Fidelity to the traditional Latin Liturgy is, at its root, fidelity to the Roman Church and to Christ Himself, Who has lovingly inspired the growth and perfection of our religious rites for two thousand years. This awe-inspiring gift of Tradition allows us to taste, even now, the banquet of the promised land of heaven.

Peter Kwasniewski, PhD
TAN Books
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7 Reviews

  • 5
    Once and Future Roman Rite

    Posted by Kirk on Sep 27th 2023

    I, believe every Catholic & Protestant should read this ! If you don’t have reverence for the La…

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  • 5
    A Scholarly But Engaging Study of the Behind-the-Scenes Development of the Novus Ordo Mass and a Critique of Its Weaknesses When Compared to the TLM

    Posted by Robert C. on May 24th 2023

    Being 61 years old, I only have a vague memory of the switch from the Tredentine Latin Mass to the N…

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  • 5
    Excellent contribution

    Posted by Matthew R. on May 24th 2023

    Dr. Kwasniewski (NB who has consulted me over the course of writing the essays which make up this bo…

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  • 5

    Posted by svt3120 on May 24th 2023

    Without exaggeration, Dr. Kwenieski is very passionate and exercises vitality in the traditional Rom…

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  • 5
    Excellent book. Well written and

    Posted by GAYLE K. on Mar 17th 2023

    Excellent book. Well written and very insightful

  • 5
    The Once and Future Roman Rite

    Posted by BRUCE T. on Jan 19th 2023

    This book is absolute perfection, written by a brilliant, humble, holy scholar Dr. Kwasniewski. The …

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  • 5
    A pleasant surprise

    Posted by Thomas S. on Nov 25th 2022

    An attractive and well-produced book that was unexpectedly edifying beyond being merely instructive.…

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. John C. Rao

“If you want to know why youthful instinct, scholarly knowledge, and priestly self-awareness cannot help but lead believers ‘back to our future’ in all of its fullness, then you must study Dr. Kwasniewski’s detailed and unanswerable paean to Christ in Sacred Tradition.”

Fr. Thomas Crean, OP (author of The Mass and the Saints)

“At once logical and lyrical, this book is a profound reflection on the meaning of tradition both in general and in the Roman liturgy in particular. The author’s knowledge of his subject is at once speculative and practical, while his writing is both heartfelt and humorous, and, if sometimes polemical, never unjust. While not everyone may agree with his conclusions, this is a book that no one who is interested in the health of the Church should neglect.”

Roberto de Mattei (author of Love for the Papacy and Filial Resistance to the Pope in the History of the Church)

“The welcome celebration, throughout the world, of an increasing number of Masses according to the usus antiquior must be accompanied by a keen awareness of what the Church’s “living liturgical tradition” actually is. Peter Kwasniewski’s study makes an important contribution to the in-depth understanding of this tradition. At once liturgical, historical, theological, and spiritual, The Once and Future Roman Rite assures the author a place of first rank among the scholars of the Revolution that, since 1969, has opposed the ritus modernus of Paul VI to the rite of the Latin Church’s Tradition. ”

Fr. John Hunwicke

“Since the liturgical revolution which followed Vatican II, sound Catholic scholars, mostly lay men and women, have studied, laboured, discussed, written, and lectured about Liturgy and have painstakingly established a fact-based consensus in favor of Tradition. Dr. Kwasniewski synthesises the academic discoveries of the last half-century.”