August 4th 2003 will be 100 years to the day since the election of Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto, Patriarch of Venice, as Pope to succeed Pope Leo XIII who had died just fifteen days before. The centenary gives context for reflection about the ministry of Pius X, as well as the conclave of his election, as many people speculate that the Church may soon be facing another conclave to elect a new pope. In this article we will concentrate more on the use of papal legislative power by Pius X to initiate liturgical change and new pastoral strategies in sacramental practice, which came as a culmination of nearly a century's work and growth in the Liturgical Movement.

Pastoral Liturgy is published by the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Philosophy and Theology, Fremantle.



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