“It would be most inconvenient for the articles of our Constitution to be rejected by the Central Commission or by the Council itself. That is why we must tread carefully and discreetly. Carefully, so that proposals be made in an acceptable manner (modo acceptabile), or, in my opinion, formulated in such a way that much is said without seeming to say anything: let many things be said in embryo (in nuce) and in this way let the door remain open to legitimate and possible postconciliar deductions and applications; let nothing be said that suggests excessive novelty and might invalidate all the rest,…” —Monsignor Annibale Bugnini, the head of the Commission which prepared the new Mass, explaining his method of proceeding. The words are cited in a fairly recent biography of Bugnini by French Catholic scholar Yves Chiron; the book’s cover is shown above, with a photo of Bugnini (link). The book was published on November 26, 2018, almost 3 years ago

    “A two thirds majority [of bishops in 1967, viewing a trial celebration of the new Mass] was needed to approve the new rite and only a third voted against it, a fact already known; what was largely unknown is that another third of bishops, uncomfortable with the new Mass and equally uncomfortable opposing the Pope, voted ‘present.’” —from the same biography

    “One last insight provided by the author is a debasement of the long held rumor that Archbishop Bugnini was a subversive Mason, a member of the Lodge bent on destroying the Church from within. When Paul VI decided to abolish both the Consilium and Congregation for Sacred Rites, he elected to create a new commission to handle the regulation of his new liturgy. Bugnini was the obvious choice, but was, inevitably, not the choice. Why? The author sides with those who think Pope Paul was simply tired of Bugnini, his methods, and his antics.” —from the same biography

Praise the Lord

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