School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

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Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Martin F. Connell

Subject Categories

Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Missions and World Christianity


In this essay, I sketch the history of the Chinese Rites Controversy; the particular focus here is not the complex and lengthy historical development of the controversy, but on the liturgical issues that underlie it, especially from the perspective of liturgical inculturation. I focus on the following three parts: A) Matteo Ricci and his companions, B) Dominican and Franciscans, C) the popes' final decisions. In each part, I discuss each of these elements from three points of view: history, effects and my reflection.

The Chinese Rites Controversy is one of the practices of the liturgical inculturation, although it is a painful experience, it still supports us more reflections on our future works and our studying about the liturgical inculturation.


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