This Directory was produced in December 2001 by the Congregation For Divine Worship and The Discipline of the Sacraments. It is arranged in two sections, the first looking at new developments in popular piety and the second setting guidelines for the harmonization of popular piety with the Liturgy.
Both parts of this Directory contain many directives, proposals, and guidelines to encourage and clarify popular piety and religiosity, and to harmonise it with the Liturgy.
In referring to specific traditions and diverse circumstances, the Directory wishes to set forth some basic pre-suppositions, to reiterate various directives, and to make some suggestions so as to promote fruitful pastoral activity.
The Directory aims to promote and encourage expressions of popular piety where they are true moments of the dialogue between God and man, through Christ in the Holy Spirit and suggests where apposite catechesis can correct imbalances between the liturgy and popular piety.
Author Barry Midgley, a retired Headmaster, has spent most of his professional life in Catholic education. He has published several titles with CTS and lives in East Anglia.