Kenneth L. Woodward, Longtime Catholic Journalist for Newsweek, Reflecting on the Changes Brought by Vatican II (First Things, “Reflections on the Revolution in Rome,” Feb 2013, p. 30)

In place of my much-loved Latin hymns and chants, the new liturgists bade us sing old Reformation anthems like “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” I could not bring myself to join in when the chosen hymn was “Amazing Grace”—in fact, I still refuse to do so. It’s a lovely piece, all about getting one’s self individually saved, Evangelical-style, but theologically it has no place in the corporate worship of the Catholic Church.

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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