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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A Perfect Storm: How the New Mass was Created after Vatican II

[YouTube removed this video because of an alleged copyright violation. You can still view it at You won't regret spending the time to learn the truth.]

If you thought the Fathers of the Council put together the Novus Ordo (NO) and approved it at Vatican II, you have lots of company. Only one problem --- they didn't. It was the product of a council (Consilium) headed by Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro, but Annibale Bugnini, the secretary of the commision, played a major role. 

The Consilium began its work in 1964 a year before the close of Vatican II in December of 1965. Their initial experimental Mass took place at the first post-conciliar synod in 1967 attended by 180 bishops. Celebrated by Bugnini in the Sistine Chapel on October 24th, it was not enthusiastically embraced. In fact, several months after the synod Bugnini admitted that the votes of the bishops were contrary to what the Consilium wanted.

The controversy over the NO, which continues today, began even before the NO was promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 and published in 1970. For a good synopsis, see How the Novus Ordo Mass Was Made by Yves Chiron, a church historian.

Remember the "reform of the reform?" There have been several since Vatican II, but problems continue. The question begging to be asked is, "Did Vatican II really 'reform' the liturgy or did it introduce a new liturgical revolt. 

Bugnini admitted in 1965 that the goal of the Consilium was to remove all obstacles to Protestants in the Mass saying, "We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren, that is for the Protestants…" The six Protestant "observers" [1. A. Raymond George (Methodist); 2. Ronald Jaspar (Anglican); 3. Massey Shepherd (Episcopalian); 4. Friedrich Künneth (Lutheran); 5. Eugene Brand (Lutheran); 6. Max Thurian (Calvinist-community of Taize)] the Consilium did not simply "observe." Often, their input was adopted verbatim. (source)

It appears that the "reformers" hoped the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) would die a natural death. It hasn't and it won't. And that has led to the nuclear assault with Traditionis Custodes. That document has done nothing but magnify the problem with bishops against bishops. Canon lawyers and theologians are documenting serious problems with the document and the limits of obedience to a pope who oversteps his authority.

Those bishops attempting to suppress the TLM (e.g., Wilton Gregory is expected to ban it in the Archdiocese of Washington which will close some parishes. source) may find themselves, like Gamaliel warned, "fighting against God.":

And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, for if the source of this plan or movement is men, it will be overthrown; but if the source is God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God. (Acts 5:38-39)

Pray for the Church.  

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.


1 comment:

NorthCharlton said...

It is probably also worth reviewing that famous Firing Line episode from 1980, titled: 'The Fight Over Catholic Orthodoxy'; featuring Malachi Martin, Joseph Champlin, Wm. F. Buckley of course, and a youthful Michael Davies who schooled them all ... some reacting pleasantly, and some, like the weaselly Monsignor Champlin not so receptively.

Davies' three volume liturgical revolution set can be had at a substantial discount from a religious press if one does a quick internet search. It includes, Cranmer's Godly Order; Pope John's Council; and Pope Paul's New Mass.