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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 12, 2007

We've already noted the dismay of Bishop Luca Brandolini over the Pope's motu proprio. But let's take a closer look:

• Bishop Brandolini is a former aide to, and proud disciple of, the late Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, a principal architect of the 1969 liturgical reforms. Brandolini now wears Bugnini's episcopal ring.

• Bishop Brandolini-- who would know-- charges that the motu proprio has undone Bugnini's work:

A reform for which many people worked, with great sacrifice and only inspired by the desire to renew the Church, has now been cancelled.

• But on the face of it that complaint is absurd, since the Novus Ordo liturgy will still be celebrated far more frequently than the old Mass. In what sense could one possibly say that the liturgical renewal has been "cancelled?"

• Pope Benedict made it clear, in issuing Summorum Pontificum, that his main goal was to underline the continuity of the Catholic liturgical tradition.

• If it was Bugnini's project to break away from the Catholic liturgical tradition, then one could begin to understand why the motu proprio undoes his work. And since the claim is otherwise incomprehensible,...

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2007 2:07 PM ET USA

    Those of the opinion that Bugnini's revivion of the Mass was catastrophe have been proved coorect by time. There were no abuses of form in the Tridentine Mass which he attempted to destroy. What Bugnini instituted was a religious burlesque. Paul VI finally realized that and exiled him to the Arabs.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 6:39 PM ET USA

    altar boy, whether your charges against Bugnini are true, it's clear he was a botch. You, however, suggested that what he did might prove the "undoing of the Church." It is an article of faith that nothing can undo the Church. As to whether either Luther or Bugnini acted with malice, since, unlike God, I cannot read the hearts of men, I have no opinion. In any event, many of Luther's charges, e.g. the sale of indulgences, were validated by Trent and dealt with in the Counter-Reformation.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 2:53 PM ET USA

    I wonder whether Brandolini is a Freemason too?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 10:28 AM ET USA

    Duns Scotus: When men are appointed to high position in the Church, they do not lose their free will and they are not compelled by God to act in the best interests of the Church. There is ample evidence for any reasonable Catholic to conclude that both Luther and Bugnini acted with malice. Bugnini was a Freemason (a serious violation of Church law). He consorted with Protestants and allowed the heretics to influence his work, and then lied about it to the Pope. He was Paul VI's "Smoke of Satan."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 10:12 AM ET USA

    Even though the Novus Ordo will still be celebrated more frequently, one must remember that the whole point of the Novus Ordo reform was "everything we had been doing was wrong." There is no pluralism in liberalism.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2007 10:16 PM ET USA

    Remember, altar boy, "the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." Also, many of Luther's briefs against the churchmen of his time were valid. The problem is he went too far. He, to coin a phrase, "threw the baby out with the bathwater." The same, I think, can be said of those in charge of implementing Vatican II. Pope Benedict is, therefore, initiating a "reform of the reform," a kind of, to coin another phrase, "counter-reformation."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2007 3:19 PM ET USA

    Luther was also inspired by the desire to renew. Fortunately, the Fathers of Trent managed to stop that renewal before it resulted in the undoing of the Church. The history of Bugnini’s renewal has yet to be written, but things aren’t looking good.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2007 3:11 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Bugnini's great reform that has resulted in improvisational "presiders" at mass, legions of eucharistic ministers, speech disordered lectors, distracted altar servers, jazz ensembles next to the altar, so-called liturgical dancers, sing-along-with-the band hymns, illicit homiletics by lay people and nuns, and people receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord as if they were at a wine, cracker and cheese tasting. What a legacy, Bishop Brandolini--worthy of tears--those of Jesus.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2007 2:49 PM ET USA

    Actually that is what Hitler thought he was doing. Those who will evil always believe they are doing good.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2007 2:27 PM ET USA

    The argument could be made on Hitler's behalf that he worked very hard and only desired to "renew" the world, to make it a better place.