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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Ottaviani Intervention

I love the holy sacrifice of the mass both ins the Usus Aquitior format as well as the Novus ordo format. Today let us read a letter sent from Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to His Holiness Pope Paul VI September 25th, 1969 regarding the change in the mass format to the Novus Ordo format.

Letter from Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to His Holiness Pope Paul VI
September 25th, 1969

Most Holy Father, Having carefully examined, and presented for the scrutiny of others, the Novus Ordo Missae prepared by the experts of the Consilium ad exequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia, and after lengthy prayer and reflection, we feel it to be our bounden duty in the sight of God and towards Your Holiness, to put before you the following considerations:

1. The accompanying critical study of the Novus Ordo Missae, the work of a group of theologians, liturgists and pastors of souls, shows quite clearly in spite of its brevity that if we consider the innovations implied or taken for granted which may of course be evaluated in different ways, the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent. The "canons" of the rite definitively fixed at that time provided an insurmountable barrier to any heresy directed against the integrity of the Mystery.

2. The pastoral reasons adduced to support such a grave break with tradition, even if such reasons could be regarded as holding good in the face of doctrinal considerations, do not seem to us sufficient. The innovations in the Novus Ordo and the fact that all that is of perennial value finds only a minor place, if it subsists at all, could well turn into a certainty the suspicions already prevalent, alas, in many circles, that truths which have always been believed by the Christian people, can be changed or ignored without infidelity to that sacred deposit of doctrine to which the Catholic faith is bound for ever. Recent reforms have amply demonstrated that fresh changes in the liturgy could lead to nothing but complete bewilderment on the part of the faithful who are already showing signs of restiveness and of an indubitable lessening of faith.

Amongst the best of the clergy the practical result is an agonising crisis of conscience of which innumerable instances come tour notice daily.

3. We are certain that these considerations, which can only reach Your Holiness by the living voice of both shepherds and flock, cannot but find an echo in Your paternal heart, always so profoundly solicitous for the spiritual needs of the children of the Church. It has always been the case that when a law meant for the good of subjects proves to be on the contrary harmful, those subjects have the right, nay the duty of asking with filial trust for the abrogation of that law.

Therefore we most earnestly beseech Your Holiness, at a time of such painful divisions and ever-increasing perils for the purity of the Faith and the unity of the church, lamented by You our common Father, not to deprive us of the possibility of continuing to have recourse to the fruitful integrity of that Missale Romanum of St. Pius V, so highly praised by Your Holiness and so deeply loved and venerated by the whole Catholic world.

A. Card. Ottaviani
A. Card. Bacci

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Joe of St. Thérèse said...

The Theology of the EF falls short. The Theology of the NO falls WAY short.

For years I didn't even know that the EF existed. (SOVII people hididng it). I've found solace in going to the EF most Sundays. (Situations come up where I don't get to go).

Deo Gratias for our Pope who freed the Mass of the ages up. The more I study, the more traditional I become.

Smiley said...

Hi Joe,

Yes indeed it is great that Pope Benedict has allowed us the chance to hear the mass in Latin as per the TLM. It is nice to feel that historic connection with the church of the ages. Latin is the language that the saints like St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas etc heard mass in, it is sad that we were deprived of it. Thanks to our Pope now we too can participate in the tradition of the Church.

Joe, Just to inform you I have put you down for the draw for the Medal of Our Lady of Lurdes.