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Susan Benofy, PhD, a native of Chicago, earned a doctorate in physics from St. Louis University in 1979, taught physics and mathmatics, and continues to do research in physics with her husband, Les, a physics professor at St. Louis University. She is the Research Editor for both the Adoremus Bulletin and Women for Faith & Family's Voices. She is serves as Treasurer of Women for Faith & Family.

Dr. Benofy has written extensively for Adoremus Bulletin, especially on issues involving liturgical music. [Pictured above studying documents at a meeting of the US Catholic bishops in November 2000.]

Some Articles By Susan Benofy

What is Really behind the Music "Style Wars"? A question of Function, Holiness and Hermeneutics -- by Susan Benofy [April 2013]

Musica Sacra - St. Louis Conference Signals Growing Interest in Chant [ April 2011 ]

The Day the Mass Changed, How it Happened and Why -- Part II [ March 2010 ]

The Day the Mass Changed -- Part I [ February 2010 ]

Translating the Liturgy: Finding Words to Express the Ineffable [December 2009-January 2010]

Music through the Ages - What history can teach us about sacred music today - Book Review of Catholic Music through the Ages: Balancing the Needs of a Worshipping Chruch (by Edward Schaefer, Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2008) [June-July 2009]

Singing the Mass - We cannot say that one Song is as Good as Another [ November 2007 ]

The Birth and Death of a National Hymnal -- 1973-1976 -- Part II -- Seeking a "Core Repertoire" -- [ April 2007 ]

Retrieving "A Treasure of Inestimable Value" -- The Bishops' Subcommittee on Music and the Directory of Music for Use in the Liturgy [March 2006]

Buried Treasure, Can the Church recover her musical birthright?
Buried Treasure II, Sacred Music in the Twentieth Century Liturgical Reform
Buried Treasure III, The US interprets Vatican norms for sacred music
Buried Treasure IV, The nature of Catholic music for Mass: functional vs. sacred
Buried Treasure V, Conclusion

What Have We Done to Our Children? -- How Catholic children became guinea-pigs for liturgical experiments -- From the distance of three decades, it is by now clear that children's "needs" were often used as an excuse for breaking the rules.
What Have We Done to Our Children? - Part II
What Have We Done to Our Children? -Part III)

Worthy is the Lamb, Agnus Dei

Immersed in controversy fonts or pools?

The "Usual Article" Revisited, and Revisited, and...

When "Strangers and Silent Spectators" Plan the Liturgy

Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration

Deconstructing Discipline;Inventing New Ways to Resist the "New Era of Liturgical Reform"


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