The Ottaviani Intervention on the Novus Ordo Missae.
The following are extracts taken from a letter written by Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to His Holiness Pope Paul VI
September 25th, 1969. See link for complete text: http://www.fisheaters.com/ottavianiintervention.html
“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.
“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 to our notice daily.”
“The new form of Mass was substantially rejected by the Episcopal Synod, was never submitted to the collegial judgement of the Episcopal Conferences and was never asked for by the people. It has every possibility of satisfying the most modernist of Protestants.”
“By a series of equivocations the emphasis is obsessively placed upon the ‘supper’ and the ‘memorial’ instead of on the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Calvary.”
“The Real Presence of Christ is never alluded to and belief in it is implicitly repudiated.”
“The position of both priest and people is falsified and the Celebrant appears as nothing more than a Protestant minister, while the true nature of the Church is intolerably misrepresented.”
“The abandonment of Latin sweeps away for good and all unity of worship. This may have its effect on unity of belief and the New Order has no intention of standing for the Faith as taught by the Council of Trent to which the Catholic conscience is bound.”
Whether these incomprehensible changes to the liturgy had anything to do with the secret Moscow-Vatican agreement signed in Metz in 1962 I have no idea but, as you can see, the link is no longer missing.
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