“Mass Facing the People: A Good Idea?” — Fr. Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz gave a talk at the 2019 FOCUS conference, and here is an excerpt:

Basically, Fr. Schmitz says celebration facing the people leads people to “sit there and watch” Mass—whereas Mass “ad orientem” reminds us we’re called to assist at Mass rather than sit as “detached and silent spectators” (as Pope Pius XI put it).