(excerpt) "I was once asked to address the topic of the 'social meaning of the liturgy.' The first thing I told my audience was 'If I tell you what the social meaning of the liturgy is, you have to promise me you won‟t stop going to church.' What I mean is that there is a problem with trying to distill the liturgy down to a 'meaning.' It is a problem that sometimes bedevils efforts to connect the liturgy to ethics or social justice."
Cavanaugh, William T., "The Work of the People as Public Work: The Social Significance of the Liturgy" (2008). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 6.