From Our Own Correspondent NEw YORK.
Liturgically minded American Catholics are singing " Te Deums " over the completion of the first American altar " versus populum."
The altar which has occasioned such jubilation is in the lower church of the Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul, Minnesota. The proud pastor who is credited is the Rev. Terence Moore, parish priest since 1922.
Descriptions of the altar, together with pictures showing Fr. Moore celebrating Mass, are featured in all the Catholic papers.
There are altars which are fairly close approximations to the authentic altar " versus populum,'' but none meet all the requirements.
In the Nativity church all the congregation face the priest. The altar is a simple table, bearing only the required candles and missal, standing on a platform perhaps three feet above the floor.